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Old 04-26-2011, 12:03 PM   #1
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Cycle taking for ever ...

Well I'm about 4 weeks into the cycle and I am at a stall. My nitrates and nitrites will not drop. Ammonia is at zero. The raw shrimp I added at the start of the cycle is completely gone. My question is will adding more live rock from a very established tank help bring down nitrate and nitrites? Currently I have about 60 lbs of base rock and 20 lbs of live rock. I'm thinking on adding another 15 lbs of live rock. The tank is 60 gal.
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Old 04-26-2011, 12:04 PM   #2
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The nitrates won't go down, you're waiting for the trites to go to zero. How high are your nitrites?
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My nitrites are 10+ ppm and nitrates Are at
40 ppm. I moved some of the established rock down into my sump to help seed the dsb I have it there.
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I would do a pwc to get those trites a bit lower. trates are good that means you have all 3 bacterias, they just aren't working at full tilt yet.
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I'm thinking this weekend on doing a 50% water change.I started the cycle with some frozen fish.... That dis not go so well lol my entire room smelled. So I removed the fish and added some shrimp. My gf though it would help so she got a bottle of cycle stuff... I added it to help out and maybe cut the cycle time down. Right now I am just waiting to start adding fish in . What fish should I start with? I was thinking on getting: 2 clown fish. 1 royal gramma. 1 watchmen goby with pistol shrimp. 1 doty back. 1 lawnmower blenny And for the main fish a angel fish or a blue tang(my tank is 4 ft long and I am planning in the next year or so moving it up to a 120 gal). How does this sound for a good set up? Any fish you recommend?
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Does anyone know how to tell the sex of my tetra it looks like a female but I just want to make sure...
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Old 04-26-2011, 03:19 PM   #7
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Honestly please wait on the fish. Youre in mid cycle I would think if you have nitrites in your tank. You need to have 0 trites and not just by doing pwc's. When you do a water change youre exporting out NITRATES not trites.

Also, sorry but no tang. They require the 6 foot tank not a 4 footer. I'm waiting on my 125g upgrade to get my tangs.

I think your list otherwise is great, I have the exact fish almost. lol

Are you gonna have corals? I believe anglefish aren't reef safe...someone will; chime in...
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oops almost forgot. That cycle stuff in a bottle does not really work. I';ve tried it myself as have many many others. It can help screw with your cycle so I wouldnt add anymore in just to be safe
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Can anyone respond please I still need to know what breed my tetra is I want to possibly breed it but I don't know what breed it is please respond
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Can anyone respond please I still need to know what breed my tetra is I want to possibly breed it but I don't know what breed it is please respond

Just start your own thread and more people will be able to help.
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