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Old 02-02-2009, 11:43 PM   #1
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I live in OK and have had a 120gl freshwater tank for 8 yrs now and 2 weeks ago I gave away all my fish and most of the equip and started a saltwater adventure. first thing I have to say is EXPENSIVE!! but well worth it.
I have a 120 gl tank, 20gl sump/refug, and about 200 lbs of live rock, 200 lbs live sand, 2 T5 39W 10,000k lights with actinics.
I gave it a 20% water change today and tested,
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Ammonia 8.0
Nitrite between 2 and 5 ( couldnt tell the diff in color)
Nitrate 20

How long will it take to level out now that it has a good start?
I know its hard to tell but I'll take guesses

I've been reading on here alot lately and can't wait to start getting help from everyone and someday pass it along a help someone else,
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HOw long the cycle take will depend on really how well cured the LR was that you got. Impossible to tell at this point.
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:25 AM   #5
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Mine took almost 1 month to cycle/cure in my tank when I started.. A good indicator is when that funky smell goes away... I say Funky, like it's terrible or something... Meanwhile, everytime I visit the LFS I smell the LR tank.. I'm weird
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Old 02-12-2009, 04:34 PM   #8
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My ammonia has droped to 0,
Nitrites 5.0
Nitrates 20

My question is do I need to add more ammonia or just let it be?
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You have to keep adding ammonia to keep the cycle going. Posting your questions in the FW getting started forum will get you more answers on a quicker basis.
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You have to keep adding ammonia to keep the cycle going. Posting your questions in the FW getting started forum will get you more answers on a quicker basis.
Its a Saltwater Tank.
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