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Old 07-08-2007, 12:33 AM   #1
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Cycling Complete?

I started cycling my 55 gallon on June 6th with 2 jumbo shrimp. Here are my readings today:

Ammonia 0
Nitrites 0
Nitrates 15-20 (appear to have gone down from 30)

Is my tank cycled?
Should I do a big water change now?
I have very little algae growth on my live rock. Wasn't there supposed to be a big algae bloom at the end of my cycle?

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Old 07-08-2007, 08:35 AM   #2
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I would say that you are cycled , IMHHO I would wait another few days test again and do a water change if all is still at 0 . If you wanted to tho you could do your water change now

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Water change now should help reduce the nitrates. Looks like your tank has cycled.
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Cycling Complete?

Looks good to me, you may not even see a diatom bloom untill a little later or not at all.

What color is the algae on your LR?
I would do a 20-30% PWC and you should be good to go.
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Did you test during your cycle to see if you had any ammonia or nitrites at all rise in the tank?
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