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Mike1989 12-23-2011 03:45 PM

Quick Question- Cycle
Hi, new here. I did a search and nothing really answered my question.

About 10 days ago I put in cured live rock and damsel to cycle the tank, I have been testing everyday and have not seen the levels rise at all. Also the fish seem to be doing great. My sand is turning a brownish color I am guessing this is a algae/bacteria growth? I do have some tiny spots of coralline growing. So my question is can the cycle ever be so fast that you do not catch it with tests? or I am still in cycle. I do not understand how I could still be in cycle with the growth of coralline etc?
20 gallon
salinity 1.023
2 damsels
fiji live rock 15lbs

Help please.

Mike1989 12-23-2011 09:51 PM

bump no one knows?

Mike1989 12-23-2011 10:40 PM

Okay I guess I will start stocking slowly since nobody has a clue.

Nu-Nu the eel 12-23-2011 10:44 PM

You just posted the thread. Give others time to respond

Mike1989 12-23-2011 10:47 PM

sorry for rushing. had 41 views and no replies just thought nobody wanted to answer?

Nu-Nu the eel 12-23-2011 10:57 PM

If nobody wants to help i will try. Have you had your spike yet??

Mike1989 12-23-2011 11:01 PM

I have not seen any chemical rise in 10 days since I started. I did use two damsel (just reading it is frowned upon)and live cured rock. I assuming I should have had the spike by now? especially with fish in the tank I would have some sort of chemical rise?

Edit: the fish do not seem stressed at all. they are eating etc.

Nu-Nu the eel 12-23-2011 11:11 PM

Ya i would think that you should of had a spike.

Mike1989 12-23-2011 11:13 PM

Ya its weird. I can only guess I am still in cycle or it happened over night? can the levels rise and drop in say 24 hours?but after 10 days with decay I should have saw a rise right? appreciate the help

Nu-Nu the eel 12-23-2011 11:26 PM

Ya i dot think they can rise and drop in one night. Hmmm.....

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