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Old 07-17-2004, 04:07 PM   #1
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Today's water parameters

Well the tank has been cycling for 2 weeks, and this is what i got so far-

temp- 82 Degrees
SG- 1.025
Ph- 8.2
Ammonia- .50
Nitrite- 0
Nitrate- 5.0

What do you guys think, progressing properly? Time for the shrimp?
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Old 07-17-2004, 05:21 PM   #2
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Re: Today's water parameters

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Time for the shrimp?
Do you mean a raw shrimp? How have you been cycling the tank if you haven't added the shrimp yet?
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Ive just been letting the tank run, did i need to put the shrimp in right away?
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The shrimp method works fine but I've had a lot better control over nutrient levels by using flaked fish food.

I keep the ammonia around 0.5ppm until one day overnight it drops to zero. I continure feeding the flake food until Nitrite drops to zero. Then I continue feeding the food until I get a pair of Clownfish in the tank. During the cycle I feed the exact amount of food that I would feed a pair of small Clownfish.

After adding the fish I never get the typical ammonia spike because the tank is already accustomed to that amount of nutrients.
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Bang Guy, I would imagine using flakes would result in rather large amounts of nuisance algae growth. Do you not experience this?
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I sure do. It quickly goes away once the live sand is added. Tell me about your method
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Well, by todays reading's, should i still add the shrimp, or just let it go.
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If you added LR, especially uncured LR, then your tank is probably cycling already and the shrimp would be unnecessary. I would guess that the ammonia and nitrite you are seeing now is from the LR addition.
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... he has no nitrIte...just a smidge of ammonia, and nitrAte. kinda strange, unless something big died and caused a new mini-ammonia spike. nitrate test kits can be hard to read at lower lvls (2 of my nitrate kits start at 0ppm then 10ppm)
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well today the ammonia is at .25, but everything else is the same.
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