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Old 01-02-2010, 07:23 PM   #11
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I checked the ammonia and nitrite 2 days ago with the rock I have in currently(30 lbs). Got .25 ammonia and 0 nitrite(as expected). When I get the last batch of rock on tuesday or wednesday(about 30 more pounds), If the ammonia doesn't go any higher when I get my last batch of rock, should I dose it up to 3-4 ppm or let it ride and get my cuc after the cycle finishes?
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Old 01-02-2010, 11:37 PM   #12
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The smaller the ammonia level, the smaller the amount of nitrifing bacteria will be produced and the more careful you have to be when adding animals because the bacteria will have to multiply to meet the new bioload. While you are waiting for the additional LR add some fishfood. Just a pinch or two to add to the bioload slowly.
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Now murphy's law applies to me, if I do that and then get my last batch of rock I just know the ammonia will go sky flippin' high. It would be my luck the rock will have a massive die off and cause me a great deal of heartache. I believe I will get my rock and let it do it's thing for a few days and then if the ammonia is no more than what it is now. I will spike it up some. Thincat, I'm not knockin' your advice and greatly appreciate you and everyone else giving me these big time helpful tips, but I will play it safe and wait. An extra week is better than losing a fortune and moreso causing un-needed animal cruelty. But I may add a miniscule pinch just to keep any bacteria happy and hopefully not cause a phosphate problem,apparently I'm one of the lucky few whose water does not contain it.
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If your new rock is not cured then be sure to scrub off as much of the dead life forms as you can. This will prevent a hugh spike that you are worried about. and you are correct in leaning towards the safe side. My point was to take oit slow and watch out as far as adding animals to fast.
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Old 01-03-2010, 08:06 AM   #15
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yeah definitley, no animals will be added until the cycling is complete. At an average of roughly 25 bucks per fish, same for shrimp, to expensive not to mention cruel to do that
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