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Old 12-01-2013, 04:34 AM   #1
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Why does my tank read 0- ammonia 0-nitrite 20 ppm nitrate ph - 8.0.. It's a saltwater 30 gal tank. I barely got it set up like two and a half weeks.. It has 20 lbs of live rock and live sand.. Has it cycled or hasn't started??
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Why does my tank read 0- ammonia 0-nitrite 20 ppm nitrate ph - 8.0.. It's a saltwater 30 gal tank. I barely got it set up like two and a half weeks.. It has 20 lbs of live rock and live sand.. Has it cycled or hasn't started??
Likely cause by die off from the live rock. Dose some ammonia to 4ppm and if you read 0ppm ammonia and nitrite after 24hrs then it's cycled.
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Would it really cycle that quick? I have a similar situation but with freshwater. (0, 0, and 10 nitrate). I have live plants and a driftwood with live plants.
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Ok cool.. Where do I get ammonia from?
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:21 AM   #5
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<assuming you are in the USA> Try Ace Hardware and look for the Janitorial Ammonia.

check out this thread as well, it's old but i think it's great:
The (almost) Complete Guide and FAQ to Fishless Cycling
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Oh ok thanks a lot !
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Would it really cycle that quick? I have a similar situation but with freshwater. (0, 0, and 10 nitrate). I have live plants and a driftwood with live plants.
In a saltwater tank, if you only use pieces of live rock then chances are you might not have much of a cycle especially if the rock was cured.

If you used a lot of used media then the same could apply for freshwater. Either way I'd still dose ammonia to 4ppm and watch what happens after 24hrs.
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Agreed.
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How do you measure 4ppm of ammonia?
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I know with the Dr Tim's Ammonium Chloride , it is a drop per gallon. I'm not sure if the Ace Hardware ammonia is exactly the same. I would start slow, add a little, test to see where you are at and adjust accordingly. Better to be low at first and move it up, than the other way around.
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