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Old 11-26-2010, 01:59 PM   #1
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Water parameter question?

I'm 8 days into cycling my first 55 gallon saltwater tank, and these are my readings as of this morning.

Temp 75.2F
Salinity 1.0235
Ammonia 3 ppm
Nitrite 3 ppm
Nitrate 40 ppm
Alkalinity appears to be in excess of 300 ppm
pH Somewhere between 7.8 and 8.0

I have about 25 pounds of live rock, and 40 pounds of live sand in the tank. I added an entire bottle Smart Start for saltwater (it claims to instantly cycle your tank) on Wednesday. So what should I do now? 10-20% water change, or leave it alone? I know that I still cannot add fish due to the high ammonia and nitrites.

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Old 11-26-2010, 02:08 PM   #2
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That is good and I am sure you will get to add fishes soon once the ammonia level is down.
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Old 11-26-2010, 02:11 PM   #3
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You need to keep testing and watch the ammonia level drop and the NitrIte level rise then drop and NitrAtes will go up. Once you are at 0 ammonia and 0 NitrIte do a large PWC and then you are ready to start adding things.
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let your tank cycle...monitor your water parameter until amonia and nitrite is 0....then u will see higher reading for nitrate....when this happen,u shud do PWC maybe 50% then u can add fish slowly....
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During the cycling process only worry about Ammonia, nitrites and nitrates. The other readings will be be off due to the high readings of ammonia.
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Old 11-29-2010, 11:49 AM   #6
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Today is day 11.

Temp 75.7 F
Salinity 1.0235
Ammonia 3 ppm
Nitrite 5 ppm
Nitrate 40 ppm
Alkalinity in excess of 300ppm
pH somewhere between 7.8 and 8.0

I put in a bottle of SmartStart when I started the tank, I have also been using Nutrifin Cycle, so far neither product has cycled the tank as quickly as the manufacture claims. SmartStart claims to cycle the tank "instantly." My local fish shop said he added fish to his aquariums right after putting it in, and has suffered no losses, but my tank would probably kill fish at this time. My ammonia seems to be holding steady at 3 ppm, while nitrites and nitrates are climbing. My live rock was suppose to be already cured, as claimed by my LFS that sold it to me, but I am wondering if that is not the case. Should I be doing anything other than waiting? Am I suppose to be vacuuming the sand, or cleaning the filter or anything while this is going on?

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Old 11-29-2010, 11:56 AM   #7
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That stuff doesn't work at all. Just let nature take its course.
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I agree. Let time do it's thing and keep testing.
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All I can do is pass on the advice I got while I waiting for my tank to cycle. If you need to see something in the tank get a bathtub rubber duckie <lol>.

Just wait for the ammonia to drop. Once it does it will dropt quickly, then the nitrite loving bacteria need to start growing...
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Funny cmor, very funny !!!!!!!!!!
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