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Old 01-16-2012, 05:48 PM   #11
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A 3 day cycle is awfully short. Most can take 1-2 months. Have you been monitoring your water parameters? Did you ever see a nitrite and nitrate spike?
Thank Rick any help I can get will be greatly appreciated
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:53 PM   #12
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I would add an ammonia source to your tank again. Get your ammonia up to around 4ppm and see how quickly it turns into nitrite, and then nitrate. Some folks like using raw shrimp as an ammonia source, but i prefer the liquid stuff.

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Ace brand ammonia works very well. Couldn't find the single bottle online, but it's a few bucks in store for 1 bottle. Go very easy on the stuff if you do decide to use it. I think a few teaspoons might be all you need.
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Now how often do I need to do a water change and what would be the correct way to do this?
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I don't understand the whole point of getting rid of ammonia but then wanting to bring it back up?? Can u explain sorry lol new to this ....I do have the live sand and rock if that helps
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No problem Pete. In your cycling process, you want to provide a constant source of ammonia to your BB so that they can multiply and seed your tank. Take a look at this guide. It's written very well. Though made for freshwater, it works just as well for saltwater etc.

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