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Old 10-25-2012, 01:35 PM   #1
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Getting there... I think?

So heres a brief hx of my tank....
Been up and running for about 2 weeks. 36 gallon bowfront; argonite substrate; 32lbs live rock.

I put a raw shrimp in and yesterday my Ammonia was at 8.0
I removed the shrimp and my ammonia is already down to 0.25
Is this normal? here are my other readings...

Here are my readings for today:

pH - 7.8 (its always been this not been changing a whole lot)
ammonia - 0.25
nitrites - 5.0
nitrates - 80
specific gravity - 1.025 (a bit higher than normal) should I dilute some of the tank?


--just want to know if im on the right track and if my levels and their changes are normal for this point in the stage.

---thanks guys
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:41 PM   #2
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Keep the shrimp in. It decaying will be providing the continued ammonia source, rather than having to dose ammonia everytime that level reaches 0. When I cycled with the shrimp, I let it completely rot and get eaten by hitchhikers. Took about a month to fully cycle.

You used tap water to fill up your tank I'd assume. Nitrates are way too high for a tank to only be on day 2 of cycle.
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Keep the shrimp in. It decaying will be providing the continued ammonia source, rather than having to dose ammonia everytime that level reaches 0. When I cycled with the shrimp, I let it completely rot and get eaten by hitchhikers. Took about a month to fully cycle.

You used tap water to fill up your tank I'd assume. Nitrates are way too high for a tank to only be on day 2 of cycle.
Okay its not day two of the cycle, i may have confused you. The shrimp has been in for 5-6 days...

I didnt use tap water for the whole thing, maybe 10% was tap water; the rest was demineralized & distilled water.
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From what I understood from previous advice, was to wait for the ammonia to spike, which it did to 5; than let it come back down along with the nitrates/ites; and that should conclude the cycle. Did I misunderstand the cycle?
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:08 PM   #5
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Ok for ammonia to be gone that fast is kinda weird unless your tank is fully cycled. PH is a bit low but that's fine cause you're still going through the nitrogen cycle. For specific gravity I have mine at 1.024 and I think yours is fine too.

Btw, glad to see someone from Ontario in this forum lol!!!
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Ok for ammonia to be gone that fast is kinda weird unless your tank is fully cycled. PH is a bit low but that's fine cause you're still going through the nitrogen cycle. For specific gravity I have mine at 1.024 and I think yours is fine too.

Btw, glad to see someone from Ontario in this forum lol!!!
Oh nice, Im in SW Ontario!

--the ammonia was sitting around the 4 mark and spiked yesterday to 8... so i took the shrimp out last night and its that low already (this afternoon) The rocks were in the tank for about 2-3 days before I put the shrimp in.
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Did you use live rock? I also did the shrimp method and had the same prob. So I took out the shrimp after more than a week but my ammo remained very high and it gradually decreased.
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Did you use live rock? I also did the shrimp method and had the same prob. So I took out the shrimp after more than a week but my ammo remained very high and it gradually decreased.
Yes I've got 30lbs of live rock in there now. I put it in monday.
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Arg! Cycling can be a pain. I always use Smart Start, to give my new tanks a boost! Also, you might want to get a ph buffer for the future, that way you can maintain a constant 8.3/8.4. If you use the smart start wait a week, because it will give false parameters at first. Good luck on the aquarium. And btw, this was just my opinion
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Arg! Cycling can be a pain. I always use Smart Start, to give my new tanks a boost! Also, you might want to get a ph buffer for the future, that way you can maintain a constant 8.3/8.4. If you use the smart start wait a week, because it will give false parameters at first. Good luck on the aquarium. And btw, this was just my opinion
Thanks I might just give it a week and see where it's a at. Than ill try that stuff. So that ammonia and nitrite spike doesn't count as a cycle once it comes down correct ?
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