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Old 04-25-2020, 09:00 PM   #1
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Hi, my new 32g saltwater has been going for a couple days and I know its early but I wanted feed back on my cycling process. I started with live rock and live sand. No live stock other than what came on the rocks. Snails and little starfish. Excuse the dirty glass. Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-25-2020, 10:27 PM   #2
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Are you adding an ammonia source to your tank?
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Are you adding an ammonia source to your tank?
Nope. I did sprinkle some old fish food I had in.
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Well your tank will not cycle unless you feed your bacteria. A super easy method is to grab a raw table shrimp from the grocery store, stick it in a mesh bag or stocking/pantyhose and let it rot.
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Get yourself a cocktail shrimp like was stated above. It is my preferred way of cycling a tank and removes all the measuring out of pure ammonia and constant testing.
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I'm getting 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and 5.0- 10 ppm nitrate.
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You haven't added an ammonia source to cycle the tank. You won't see anything, because nothing has gone it to test for. You need to either use pure ammonia or a cocktail shrimp to cycle the tank. This is covered in our articles section.
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I'm getting 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and 5.0- 10 ppm nitrate.
Water is water, your cycle is your cycle.
Ofcourse is tap-water clean in the way that it has no NH3/4 No2/No3 in it.
But that doesn't make it cycled. (water can't cycle, your tank does)
Once you put in xx ammonia which equals the daily load of the fish
once that has been taken away within 24 hours you'r tank is cycled.

As-long you don't add anything in it, raw ammonia or anything else of value.
It wil take you forever since nothing wil happen.
In the end you throw all your fish in to find out they dead by ammonia or nitrite poisoning the following morning.
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I'm late replying but my tank was and is cycled. Have a few fish and zoas doing well
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Hopefully that rock that was added was already cured live rock. If not, your tank is not cycled. It takes several weeks of an ammonia source being presented to cycle a tank. If this isn't the case, the ammonia and nitrite levels will burn fish gills along with stress coral and the other livestock.
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Im aware and Yea all my rock was live and cured. Live stock would have been dead by now if tank
Wasn't cycled.
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That isn't quite correct, but if it is cured live rock then things should be ok.
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Your old fish food haven't even had time to decompose...

At least you've been warned, should count for two.
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