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Old 07-05-2007, 06:07 PM   #1
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Cycling and a quick Q

I've been cycling for about a week now and I added BIO SPIRA marine today to speed it up... anyways, i got my based rock set up and it came with crushed corralline algae that I added and its now rust colored... its spreading thru my tank so I don't know what to do pls help.
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The rust color that you see is diatoms and algea from your cycle. It sounds like your cycle is going along just fine. Post ammonia, Nitrite and nitrate numbers.
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my ammonia is now back to 0 ppm but my nitrite is at 15 & nitrate-10..
so is that bad for the nitrifying bacteria that i just put in? or is it good because its what they feed on?.. also what should be the deal level for my nitrite & nitrate?

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It sounds like your cycle is going along fine. It sounds like it is halfway through. Ammonia will rise then go to 0 while the nitrites will rise and go to 0 while nitrates rise. You will take care of nitrates with a PWC at the end.
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oh ok thanks... i added te bio spira to speed up process... when do u think am i gonna be able to put in livestock?
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When ammonia and nitrites are at 0 and after you do a good PWC. You`ll need to add very slowly to keep up with your bio load. You`ll probably want to start off with a clean up crew.
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ok.. what should the be ideal amount and what tpe of clean up crew should I get for a 75 gal. tank
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I always suggest getting a clean up crew about half the size of your tank for a new tank does not need a full clean up crew yet. For yours look at these and they`ll give you a close idea of what you need so if you buy them separately at your LFS you`ll know what to get.

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http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/s...cfm?pCatId=420
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Agree with melosu58... the package deals that you see advertised seem like way too many to start with. You can always add more later.

There's another good discussion here...

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=99859

... going on about this. Realize though that they're talking about a 150g tank, so maybe just divide the quantities by 2.
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Be very careful adding livestock after using bio-spira. It can give you a false sense that your tank has cycled, however, the addition of livestock will likely cause parameters to decline. Products like bio-spira really do nothing to prepare the tank for long term habbitaion. You still need to take it slow. This is not a hobby to use short cuts.
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