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Old 08-08-2010, 09:25 PM   #141
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Looks awesome was the live rock already cured?
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Old 08-08-2010, 09:30 PM   #142
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yes - it was cured... pulled right out of an established reef tank... have several star polyps, mushrooms..... lots of coraline algae and tube worms. Hoping my cycle is a small one and that everything makes it through unharmed.
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Hmm, well pH is supposed to bounce around whenever cycling, so you don't really have to test is until the cycle is over. Not sure why all the cycling parameters (Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate) are 0 though, unless your cycle was just that fast lol, which may be possible but idk.
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Hmm, well pH is supposed to bounce around whenever cycling, so you don't really have to test is until the cycle is over. Not sure why all the cycling parameters (Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate) are 0 though, unless your cycle was just that fast lol, which may be possible but idk.
Good point - I guess I could quit testing the pH for now - it is just part of my testing kit so I just did it.

I was just surprised to see my ammonia start at .5 and then go down to 0 on the second day. Maybe I need to put in some ammonia and see if it starts a cycle? Its only been 2 days I figure I will keep watching it for now.
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Probably a good idea if it doesn't show any nitrates within the next few days, or a couple raw shrimp. JMO tho.
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:16 AM   #146
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Per some advice I put in about a half teaspoon of fish food last night. Will see if my ammonia spikes tonight when I run the tests.
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Good idea. It should be entirely processed by tonight if it is ready to go. Should see a small increase in nitrates. You might need more then a half teaspoon depending.
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:04 AM   #148
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Thanks Jimbo,

Still running with lights off except to look at things on occasion. Think thats a good idea?

Also, I noticed this morning that my skimmer is beginning to break in I think. Its been kept opened up all the way yet foam was constantly overflowing into the collection cup (all clear liquid for the most part) - however this morning the amount of water overflowing is greatly diminished and I noticed that the foam now has a light brown tinge to it. Perhaps the fish food has broke down and this is a result of that.. not sure. By tonight I think I might be able to put the plug back into the skimmer and stop everything from just draining back out.
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I would continue to keep them off just in case. Once you are sure that it's cycled, you can start running them at your normal photoperiod. Sounds like your skimmer is on its way.
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Day 3

I noticed this morning that my skimmer was acting more normal and tonight it seems to be performing as expected. It is actually pulling out some skimmate so I put the plug back into the collection cup rather than let it flow back out into the sump.

So yesterday I added a fair amount of fish food - approximately 1/2 teaspoon. I expected that it would affect my ammonia or nitrates.... nope.

SG = about 1.025 +/- (using hydrometer)
Temp = 78
Ammonia = 0
Nitrate = 0
Nitrite = 0

So any theories as to why my Ammonia and Nitrates are not going up? I even ran the test twice just to make sure it was accurate. Im confused why Im getting zeros still.... Wondering if I should add a shrimp or another source of ammonia and see what happens?

I decided to turn my sump lights on for a while (don't want my cheto or caulerpa to die) I also turned on my display tank lights just for about 30-45 mins. When I did the polyps really came out so I took some photos before turning them back off.

While nothing spectacular by any means it will be fun to watch everything evolve/grow...Here are the shots

Water is crystal clear


Some small sponges.


Mushrooms


Some of the star polyps


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