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Old 02-25-2014, 03:16 PM   #1
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Tank not cycling

So I have a 30 gallon tank with 40lbs of live sand, 40lbs cured live rock. I have had it set up fot a week already and It stll hasn't started to cycle yet... my ammonia and nitrates are at zero still, please help!!!!

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Old 02-25-2014, 03:26 PM   #2
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what is your ammonia source? If you don't have something that produces ammonia then it will never cycle.

I use pure household ammonia from walmart but other use shrimp that decay in the tank. (if you use shrimp but them in a mesh bag so it doesn't get all over your tank)
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Old 02-25-2014, 03:40 PM   #3
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Okay, how many should I put in my tank?

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Old 02-25-2014, 03:52 PM   #4
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1 is fine
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:34 PM   #5
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I used one shrimp on my 50 gal and it seemed to work fine also...
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Thanks, so I was aloso told that because I added cured live rock, sand etc that it did a small and fast cycle. For two days I had both ammonia and nitrates at 1 then it went back to zero

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Old 02-25-2014, 07:57 PM   #7
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just sounds like to me there possibly wasn't enough ammonia to cycle so 1 shrimp should do the trick.. some people use pure ammonia but I personally have not tried it
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Okay I added a shrimp into the water, I will check back in a few days from now

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cool keep us updated on the tank
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Okay will do

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