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Old 06-29-2011, 10:54 AM   #1
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Ammonia Spikes

Newbie on the loose... Need to clarify this... If my ammonia did not spike, does this means i still have to wait till it does? Anyways my tank is just 10 days old 2 damsel 1 cbs. 75gal. Be patient with be i still have so much to learn. Thanks
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Yes, you need to wait longer. The damsels may complicate your cycle, if your local fish store will take them back you can cycle a bit faster with no fish.

If you had no fish, you could put a large ammonia source like a dead shrimp or overfeed it with fish food to speed up the cycle. If you never see an ammonia spike while the shrimp/food gets all consumed by bacteria, then you've had a silent cycle.

The quality of the live rock and the care it got in transit can vastly affect your cycle time. Anything from an extra long cycle because of a large amount of dying stuff on the rock, to an extra short cycle because it has a ton of friendly bacteria and nothing dies on it.

I'd wait at least 6 weeks before calling it a silent cycle. 10 days with no ammonia could just be that the bacteria that break down fish food into raw ammonia have not built up yet.
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