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Old 01-29-2011, 04:34 PM   #1
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Cycling me fowlr tank

Hello ladies and gentlemen. New to this forum however I've been looking at peoples threads for months! So o finally got around to create a salt water tank so I got all the stuff 75 gall tank 20gall sump protein skim powerhead etc filled the tank up all salted up setup the sump had the water in the tank for a week or so before I setup sump however so anyway I did some tests and I got sky high nitrate nitrite off the scale intact and 0.6 ammonia I do understand this is the nitrogen cycle. So I got myself some caulerpa algae and 25kg of already matured live rock. Over the last few days not alot has happened test kit wise no budge on either of the 3 is this me being inpatient or am I doing something wrong. Thanks oh btw it's a sump fuge. If anyone could help me out much appreciated thanks
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Give us some numbers on your nitrate and nitrite please. Also what did you use to start the cycle.
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Hey pal. I used raw shrimp straight into tank to de compose my nitrate and nitrite last checked was off the scale
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In that case I would recommend That you do a PWC (partial water change) of at least 20% and let the cycle continue.
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I tried a partial water change previously and their wasn't a change in results however I'm going to observe the caulerpa for possible growth and of course change in reduction of the nitrate
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personally i think you need to wait, this tank could take anything over 3-4 weeks as it is 90g of water.dont worry too much about the nitrates until ammonia has gone which it will,give it another week then test amm and nitrite.
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Thanks for the advise. I did consider waiting but wasn't sure don't wanna wait months and still be in the same position I did consider purchasing a live dsb which could generate the cycle even quicker. Wasn't sure because of having water dwelling for a week with no filtration.
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The reason I said to do A PWC was that your nitrates should not be off the charts if you still had ammonia and nitrites.
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Thanks for the advise. I did consider waiting but wasn't sure don't wanna wait months and still be in the same position I did consider purchasing a live dsb which could generate the cycle even quicker. Wasn't sure because of having water dwelling for a week with no filtration.
By not waiting you could spend a lot of money trying to speed up the cycling process which won't help.A DSB will also take a long time to establish,how will you get a live dsb anyway?if you get a lot of live sand from another system you'll also be getting all the crap which comes with it causing another cycle.You have to be patient in this hobby
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I agree with David!
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