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Old 08-11-2010, 08:41 PM   #161
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Day 5

SG = about 1.025 +/-
Temp = 78.5
Ammonia = .25
Nitrate = 0
Nitrite = 0

No raise in Nitrates yet - ammonia did go up slightly... I can smell the shrimp when I stick my head inside the stand - not a good smell. lol
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:10 PM   #162
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Yeah that shrimp can get pretty funky and make the tank not smell so great for a couple of days. I would continue to watch that ammonia and see what it does. The shrimp does add a pretty significant load to the tank so it could be that even if your rock is cycled it caused a small spike because it was more ammonia faster then your rock could handle right now. If it goes back down to zero in a day or two then you should be home free. If it continues to rise then you may see a small cycle but it should go pretty quickly. Either way you should be ready to rock and roll coming up soon. Thank looks great and the live rock pieces you picked up are really nice.
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Old 08-12-2010, 12:56 AM   #163
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No raise in Nitrates yet - ammonia did go up slightly... I can smell the shrimp when I stick my head inside the stand - not a good smell. lol
Sorry if I missed it but was your rock already cycled. If so you may not see much more amonia. if the shrimp starts to look "fuzzy" take it out. That is bacteria and not the kind that you want.
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You will see the pepermints more if there are atleast 3 in your tank. I had one that I thought was gone so I added 3 and what do you know out he comes. he was about 3 times the size of the new ones.
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:08 AM   #165
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Sorry if I missed it but was your rock already cycled. If so you may not see much more amonia. if the shrimp starts to look "fuzzy" take it out. That is bacteria and not the kind that you want.
Thanks for the comment.

Yes the rock was from an established reef tank. I kept it submerged in at temp saltwater to hopefully limit any die off. It appears that the 150lbs of live rock has done its job well and the tank is cycled.

I took the shrimp out this morning... It was getting really smelly and I think starting to grow the kind of bacteria I don't want... I could see what I thought was part of the shrimp through the sock - but it was just getting "fuzzy" as mdaniel mentioned.
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Got some levels from today?
Nope, just removed the shrimp.... I usually test in the evening around the same time. So I will post them up this evening.
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Day 6

SG = about 1.025 +/-
Temp = 78.5
Ammonia = .25
Nitrate = 0
Nitrite = 0


It appears the Ammonia maxed out at .25 Not sure why I still don't see any Nitrates.

Also wondering what kind of temp swings people are getting.... My tank ranges between 78-80. Fortunately where we live even without A/C I have never needed a chiller.
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Those are pretty normal temperature swings for a tank.
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Day 7 Everything looking good. Adding a Yellow watchman & Pistol Shrimp

SG = about 1.025 +/-
Temp = 78.5
Ammonia = 0
Nitrate = 0
Nitrite = 0
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