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Old 02-10-2006, 10:32 AM   #11
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good point about the cycling. i have two filters on the tank also to help with the bioload and to help move the water around. i also have a maxijet 1200 power head to help move the water. i thought it was pretty much cycled though because my rock had its whole brown phase and now i just noticed that its getting a green coating on it. i think you're right about waiting a year to get the 55 gal cycled.
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Old 02-13-2006, 02:57 AM   #12
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What I noticed when I cycled my 35(also the first and only SW tank I have tried) At first the ammonia would spike, then Nitrite, then nitrate. then it all just leveled off. You mentioned that you use the test sticks, It might be hard to notice any spikes with the sticks.

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yeah this is also my first saltwater tank, but i have had many freshwater aquariums all my life. the sticks worked great for freshwater, but not for salt. i really do need to invest in a decent test kit though. thanks for all the help.
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