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Old 08-04-2012, 09:07 AM   #101
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Okay well there is a difference between bottled waters lol guess I'll just stick with RO

But in any event, when doing a fishless cycle(shrimp method), shouldn't my ammonia be jumping up?? Its been at 1ppm for the past few days. Nitrites are just starting to show.. very little between 0-.25ppm, closer to 0 tho.
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:13 AM   #102
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Yea I just read a really long article that somewhat skirted the actually differences, but came to the conclusion that you should use RO/DI...
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:14 AM   #103
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And in terms of the ammonia, mine never really got that high. What substrate are you using? Live sand? Also do you have live rock in there?
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:01 AM   #104
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And in terms of the ammonia, mine never really got that high. What substrate are you using? Live sand? Also do you have live rock in there?
Yes I have live sand and live rock/reef rock
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:19 AM   #105
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I was wondering why my ammonia never really got that high, and neither did my nitrites...actually I barely saw nitrites. And then after a few weeks there my nitrates appeared... Whew! My LFS told me that the live sand and live rock most likely had enough bacteria in them to consume the ammonia, etc... But just be patient you might end up with a high amount of ammonia. Just keep an eye on the nitrates. When you see ammonia and nitrites at 0 and a nitrate reading, time for a PWC and you're good. You're not changing water now right? Just top offs as needed?
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:36 AM   #106
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I was wondering why my ammonia never really got that high, and neither did my nitrites...actually I barely saw nitrites. And then after a few weeks there my nitrates appeared... Whew! My LFS told me that the live sand and live rock most likely had enough bacteria in them to consume the ammonia, etc... But just be patient you might end up with a high amount of ammonia. Just keep an eye on the nitrates. When you see ammonia and nitrites at 0 and a nitrate reading, time for a PWC and you're good. You're not changing water now right? Just top offs as needed?
Yeah I'm just letting it do its thing for now.. haven't had to top off just yet, only been set up for about 4 days now
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Old 08-04-2012, 12:01 PM   #107
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Wow your lucky. I top off like a 1/2-1 gallon a day lol.
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Old 08-04-2012, 12:14 PM   #108
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Wow your lucky. I top off like a 1/2-1 gallon a day lol.
Wow really? I used to have to top off my 20L quite a bit but that was in a hot room lol... so far so good with this tank
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I can't even imagine how much people have to top off with open top/screen top. And good!!!!!!!
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Old 08-04-2012, 12:59 PM   #110
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I can't even imagine how much people have to top off with open top/screen top. And good!!!!!!!
Oh I know right? Haha ridiculous
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