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Old 01-31-2018, 05:26 PM   #1
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My tank along with some questions!

So I started up my tank on January 11th, I had my live sand but not my live rock so I decided to set it up with just the live sand. I dropped in a cocktail shrimp 2 days after the set up to start my cycle, I then started testing parameters a few days after the setup. About two weeks went by before I finally got my live rock from my local fish store, I took the old shrimp out, did a 5 gal water change and set up my live rock and also poured in a bottle of instant ocean biospira. A day or two after I dropped another cocktail shrimp in. Idk if that was necessary but I didnít think it would hurt anything! Lol itís now almost a week after I put my live rocks in and I thought Iíd share whatís going on! I wanted to get a clean up crew in there around February 12 but I have a question, is my cycle complete? I tracked my parameters and wrote them down so Iíll put a picture down below of my results. Click image for larger version

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I know that I have to build up a colony of bacteria in the system which breaks down waste into ammonia which means that will spike, and it did! But then itís supposed to break further down into nitrite which is the second step but I got no spike in my nitrite levels? Then ill get a spike in nitrate which will lower back down and then thatís when the cycle is complete but Iím just confused cause it seems like itís been a while and my ammonia has spiked and dropped and I have nitrates but nothing at all has happened with my nitrites?

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Iím using:
instant ocean reef crystals
Live sand from ARCreef.com
Live rock from LFS
Intank Media basket (with a filter floss and polishing pad right now. Once tank gets cycled going to be using Seachem Purigen and chemipure elite)

Stock pump
Hydor moralist Nano 240 circulation pump
Cobalt 100 watt bro-therm heater (set at 80)
Viparspectra 165 watt led
Tunze USA 3152 ATO
I donít have a RO/DI unit so Iím using tap water with seachem prime conditioner Iím hoping to get a ro/di soon

and thatís my set up! any tips or anything would be great!
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Old 01-31-2018, 10:01 PM   #2
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What test kit are you using? That is hard to believe you have any ammonia readings currently. Iíd say they were miss tests and it is cycled.
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Itís an api test kit
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What test kit are you using? That is hard to believe you have any ammonia readings currently. Iíd say they were miss tests and it is cycled.


Itís an api test kit
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What test kit are you using? That is hard to believe you have any ammonia readings currently. Iíd say they were miss tests and it is cycled.
Might be the rocks, or shrimp?.
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Might be the rocks, or shrimp?.


It might be, Iím not sure
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Itís fine. Those tests are mediocre and only worth using for cycling.
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Itís fine. Those tests are mediocre and only worth using for cycling.


Sooo whatís your final say?
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It looks like your tank is cycled to me.
I'd put money that if you test right now you'll only come up with nitrates. Do a water change to bring the nitrates to 0 and add your first fish.
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Yea I tested today and I have
A-0
Ni-0
Na- 20
Ph- 8.0
Salinity- 1.024
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Time to get a couple fish.
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Sounds good, thank you!

Also! I wanted to keep a big healthy supply of copepods in the tank, I know itís not necessary I just think it would be beneficial, so imo I want them, any idea how I would achieve that in this tank?
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Lots of rock rubble for them to hide in to avoid consumption. Same goes for in the sump.
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