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LeeSweeney 12-05-2012 06:09 PM

new tank cycling
I am very new to marine fishkeeping. I have a 35ltr/10 gal setup. It is a biube tank that i have converted to saltwater. I use RSO (i think) water that i buy from my local fish shop. It will be a fish only tank which i have stocked with cured live rock. It has been running for about 4 weeks and it currently houses 3 hermit crabs and 2 snails. The ammonia spike has been present for about 2 weeks with now signs of change. Has anyone any idea how long it should take to drop back to 0 to complete the first stage of my tanks cycle?

I was advised to add clean up crew by my local fish shop but since viewing other posts i an now worried that with the ammonia spiking for this long they may come to some harm. However all looks well on the face of it.

Any advice or pointers in the right direction are greatly welcomed and appreciated.

Nosaj81 12-06-2012 12:43 PM

while doing a cycle its best to have no live stock but since you do and your ammonia is up try adding prime it makes the ammonia less toxic to live stock

LeeSweeney 12-07-2012 02:43 PM

What is prime? Sorry im very new.

Supa Belle 12-07-2012 02:59 PM

Have you tried a 10% water change?

LeeSweeney 12-07-2012 03:04 PM

Yes i did more about a 25% water change recently not much differance to be honest. I plan to pick up some more water from my lfs over the weekend and do another change to try and keep my ammonia levels safer

LeeSweeney 12-07-2012 03:14 PM

I had advice to do very regular water changes to keep ammonia levels down and to stop any harm coming to my cuc. I am interested to find out more about prime though i dont really know what this is.

Supa Belle 12-07-2012 04:02 PM

Once the ammonia converts to nitrites and the nitrites convert to nitrates your inverts may die but you can buy and add the bacteria in a bottle to speed up the process

LeeSweeney 12-07-2012 04:07 PM

I have a bacteria additive thing i got with my saltwater conversion kit. I have been adding this weekly. And i have had no nitites register on my tests but i am getting 20ppm nitrates. Not sure how when i have never seen nitrites.

Supa Belle 12-07-2012 04:30 PM

U should have some nitrites since u have ammonia :-s have your lfs tested your water for u or you testing yourself?

LeeSweeney 12-07-2012 05:02 PM

I test it daily at the moment, i have had my lfs check it for me a few times incase im doing something wrong but they have had exact same results.

Is there something i could be missing i thought nitrites was just water and drops. Quick shake. It is always blue as blue can be..
the nitrate i go mad shaking and bashing bottle 2 before adding the drops

Should i do anything similar with the nitrites drops?

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