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Old 01-17-2014, 12:37 PM   #1
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No ammonia spike

I have had my tank set up for a month now....I have 20lb of base rock, 10lb of live rock and 40lb of live sand.....I put a raw shrimp in my tank to start my cycle but I have yet to see an ammonia spike and its been 2 weeks....I check the water daily so I would be fully aware as to when the process started....but as of no spikes.

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Old 01-17-2014, 12:43 PM   #2
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What test kits are you using? and did u check nitrite or nitrate?
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Old 01-17-2014, 12:50 PM   #3
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API 5 in 1 test strips Nitrite and Nitrate are both reading 0

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How big is your tank?
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Old 01-17-2014, 01:11 PM   #5
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55 gallons

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It may not be the problem but test strips aren't the best for salt - see if you can invest in some liquid test kits, they will give you much more accurate numbers. How big was the shrimp used for cycling?
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I don't think test strips test for ammonia... But I may be wrong. I might get a lot of hate for this, but try a fish cycle. Get a couple green chromis. Worked for me and they are doing well.
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Bectan01 it was a large shrimp

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