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Old 01-08-2014, 04:58 PM   #31
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Old 01-08-2014, 10:39 PM   #32
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Ughh it turns out I was testing my ammonia wrong and I do have some so what do I do now wait for my nirites to go up?

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Old 01-08-2014, 10:53 PM   #33
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Oh and one more thing I read when ammonia starts to drop you're supposed to raise it with more but how is that possible with shrimp

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My ammonia went from 4ppm to 2ppm in 24 hours. What should my tests start looking like now?

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Old 01-21-2014, 12:17 AM   #35
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I'd you use at least a pound of good fresh live rock per gallon you don't have to worry about the shrimp method. Mine cycled in 2 weeks with only a .25 spike in ammonia, then a hair of nitrite. Just stock slowly and lightly over weeks and check parameters daily. A great skimmer, nice fresh odorless live rock and test kits will get you through it easier.
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Old 01-21-2014, 12:19 AM   #36
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Ps that's good, your ammonia is reducing now your nitrites will spike, then after a few days the nitrite will go down and you have to monitor nitrate forever.
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So I tested today day 19 and nitrites are still off the charts and nitrates are 40ppm is this good?
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Old 01-22-2014, 10:16 PM   #38
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Your nitrites should be trending down now that you're showing nitrates, keep testing. When your nitrites hit zero, do your first partial water change. Make sure you use RODI water and good salt mix. If at that point your nitrates are high do a larger water change or several smaller ones. Your nitrate needs to be under 20 ppm for fish only, and very stable. I hope you pulled that shrimp out!
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Old 01-24-2014, 09:35 AM   #39
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So I stop dosing ammonia now?
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Old 01-24-2014, 04:53 PM   #40
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Do you have any live rock in there? If not, you need 1-2 lbs per gallon. Just putting live rock in there will complete your cycle without having to dose ammonia. The die-off from the live rock will put a little ammonia in your tank, and it already has a ton of beneficial bacteria in it, so as long as your filtration is in place just keep testing, you'll be done soon!
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