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Old 02-01-2013, 11:30 PM   #11
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I went ahead and threw in some of my puffer's deli shrimp on Wednesday and it's been rotting for 2 days now. My ammonia went from .25 to 1ppm in a day. Not showing any nitrites or nitrates yet. My skimmer is pulling a bunch of yellow liquid, about an inch a day. My question is, since I got my rock seeded from another aquarium and transported in tank water, how long should I leave the rotting shrimp in and how high should I let my ammonia get? Do i take the shrimp out once the ammonia gets high enough? Will the rising ammonia kill my corraline and feather dusters that came on the LR?

Thanks for your help!



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Old 02-02-2013, 01:05 PM   #12
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High ammonia levels will kill your tank.

I wouldn't have added established rock I. Until after your cycle. Especially with corals or anemome
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:05 AM   #13
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Is it done?

Good morning,

Here are the trackings of my tank for the last bit of weeks.

For the first week my readings were
SG 1.026
Ph 7.8
Ammonia .25
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0

They didn't move so I threw in two pieces of shrimp as suggested and left them there for three days.

So the second week my readings were
Ammonia 2
Nitrite .5
Nitrate 5
Ph7.8
Sag 1.026

4 days later they were
Ammonia .5
Nitrite 1
Nitrate 5

The third week they were
Ammonia .25
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 5

Today, 2 days later, they are
Ammonia .25...barely (I actually thought these were 2 while I was writing this, but I'm colorblind and just redid the test and had my neighbor check and she said it was actually just a little over 0)
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 5
Ph 8.0
SG 1.026

With that said, what are your thoughts on the cycle? I have had amphipods and copepods all over my glass for the last three days, and my pink coraline is spreading as is my red coraline. No crazy diatom bloom ever or algae bloom, I think my skimmer (almost the size of my tank) has been taking care of my nitrates because I never had a a giant nitrate spike.

Any input is awesome. Thank you

Jack
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