CUC during cycling period

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  1. Stressed Eric

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    Hey all, a quick question, my tank's in the process of cycling and i'm getting quite a bad GHA outbreak, I've stopped all lighting and am skimming very wet. The only test kit I have right now puts my nitrate's at a shade under12.5/l, my ammonia test kit seems to be out of it and gives me a big fat 0 reading despite the decomposing prawn floating around the tank! My question is about the introduction of a clean up crew during cycling just to control gha, how hardy are hermits and turbo's, and even a blenny? Will they handle the bad water conditions? What are your thoughts . . . . Thanks, Mark
     
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    Hi Eric! I wouldnt add any livestock to the tank until the cycle is completed. You Amonia is 0, what about nitrites and nitrates?
    Sounds like your Phosphates are are a bit too high. Do you have any cheato in your sump? If not I would suggest you add some and run the lights for 18 hours a day. Get yourself some P04 remover eg. Rowaphos.
    What is the TDS of your RO water?
     
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    Hi Mark / Stressed Eric -

    In response to your statements - yes - this can indeed work in killing the GHA off, what you have done.

    Also - what Mekaeel suggested, regarding getting chaetomorpha, and run the lights in your SUMP area, for 18 hours a day, would also indeed work....

    I would not place any lifestock in your tank at the moment. YES - some hermit crabs MIGHT survive, also some lawnmower blennies might also survive - but it would be a wee bit of torture for the poor animals, to be living in water where the ammonia/nitrite/nitrate levels constantly fluctuate....

    Good luck with your quest to get the GHA gone....

    Just be patient, and wait the cycle period out.
     
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    Set up a nice sump light - a 6500k energy saver in these plastic outside fittings will work, bought mine at builders express near fruit and veg (about R30 + R10 for globe) - then, when you're ready, I'll give you some Cheato ;)
     
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    Shweet Tobes, it's in the making . . . . :notworthy:
     
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