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Old 12-05-2010, 09:22 PM   #1
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took some advice from some members and decided to restart my tank.

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I took some advice from some members and decided to restart my tank. This time I used the RO Di water. My water was full and started to run Wednesday night. Yesterday morning I decided to buy 3 shrimps and place them in my tank. I then went and bought some test kits. I just did some tests and recieved the following results.

NITRATE 25
AMMONIA .25

The test kits i am using are Salifert.

Are these levels normal for a new cycle? How long should I leave those raw shrimp in the tank??


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Old 12-06-2010, 11:02 AM   #2
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Not sure why the nitrAte is that high from RODI water.

You should let the ammonia rise to at least 1 ppm, but I would let it go higher (like 4 ppm) before removing the shrimp.

Do you also have a NitrIte test kit? You need to test all three.

Waste is broken down to ammonia, then to nitrite, then to nitrate, then to nitrogen (completed the full cycle) or removed via pwc's.
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Thanks for the response.

Yes I have a nitrite test kit as well. I will test that this evening and let you know the results.

I will leave the shrimp in for the time being.
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Old 12-06-2010, 01:29 PM   #5
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Actually i dont have a nitrite test kit. I have a phosphate one. That reading is about .025
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Old 12-06-2010, 03:30 PM   #6
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The phosphate is a bit high. Right now all you need to test is Ammonia and Nitrite. You are looking for ammonia to spike and start to fall. At that point the ammonia level should continue to fall to zero as the nitrite increases. As the nitrite peaks and starts to fall the nitrates will climb.

When ammonia AND nitrite are reading zero you are almost there. Add an ammonia source and look for the ammonia reading to be back at 0 within hours (or never move above 0). When the tank has been stable for about a week it's time for 30% partial water change. Test again in a week and if the tank is still stable you can start adding livestock.
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So i keep those shrimp in still, right? Been in since Saturday.
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:52 AM   #8
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Here is an update on water 1 week later.

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Ammonia <.25
phosphate 0.25-.1
Nitrate 25-50

My friend a local hobbyist came by to see my tank. He told me that the LR i had in the tank was basically 'dead' because I let it sit in my abandoned tank for 2 years with no water flow, etc. He gave me about 15 pounds of LR from his running system and told me to just put it in my tank and eventually organisms and other stuff will start to spread and revive my old rocks.

I also removed the raw the raw shrimp I had put in last week. Man did that stuff stink when i threw it out.

Are those numbers consistent with a new cycle? So now do I just sit and wait this out?
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So the rocks were in the tank, with water and no flow for 2 years? Or was the tank dry?
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The rocks were in my tank.. and i kept water high so they were never "dry" although i never added salt, tested water or had any skimmers running etc.
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