Urgent help needed Cycle is not starting

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  1. Henkart

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    I set up a new TL-550

    I got water temp right

    Salinity right

    LR is in

    NOw im doing my tests daily and i am seeing no changes...

    all i do see is brown algue growing on my LR

    please advise
     
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    no changes? What are the readings for nitrate, nitrite and ammonia?
     
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    I now have the LR in the tank got rid of all the bubbles

    Pink moss is growing over some parts of the rocks, but i see also brown algae on the rocks growing rapidly.

    Salinity 1024

    My PH level 7.5 - 8

    My No3 is 25mg - 50mg

    My No2 is 0.o mg

    No activity change in 3 days

    Is this still right...

    what am i looking for?
     
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    this means your cycle is finished and you can do a large water change now - 25-50%

    You know the cycle is done WHEN:

    a) no ammonia present
    b) no nitrite present
    c) nitrates start to climb

    Cheers
     
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    Henkart Thread Starter

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    After only 3 days?
     
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    Its possible! did you put mature LR in the tank?
     
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    I left my tank for a week before I evan started testing params....give it time

    Aslo bear in mind that somtimes well cured live rock may not need a lengthly cycle....
     
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    what is your ammonia reading ?
     
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    Well i got it from LFS

    and they had it in correct water

    How would i know if it is mature?
     
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    My ammonia level is 0

    People say i have to get a dead shrimp or a live molly to start the cycle... but i thought the live rock will get the cycle started
     
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    Dude. just leave your tank for 6 weeks, then start testing..
    You are in way to much of a rush.. Take your time..
    tank cycle can take 3 months..
     
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    MY BOYU TL-550

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    I would have added some source of ammonia so the bacteria could multiply more and get more established, cured live rock does not produce much ammonia

    Brandon
     
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    The guy asked if his cycle was finished or not. Not whether he is in a rush or not.

    Your tank has cycled based on the 'load' it currently has - which is not much as I assume you have no livestock at the moment, other than micro livestock in the rock, etc. The fact that you have nitrate means you DID have ammonia - all be it a small amount.

    So now you can add a small fish or shrimp or anything like. Do this slowly - ie dont go and buy 10 fish.

    cycling is not a time thing - it is a science thing. ie when there is 0 ammonia and nitrite and your nitrates are climbing - means your tank has cycled
     
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    Dude dont go tell him to buy a fish when his tank hasnt even been up a week,,..
    he could just have nitrates in his water a the cycle hasnt even started because his tank is so new..

    As i say leave your tank for a few weeks, then test your water..
     
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    Personally after 3 days i dont think this tank has started to cycle yet, please dont add fish yet, give it another few weeks.
     
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    +1 .. thanks
     
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    Well, I am assuming he is using synthetic salt (being from JHB) in which case the water would not have had any nitrate - at least nowhere near 25-50ppm.

    if you consider the theory of a cycle - his tank has cycled - for all intents and purposes his tank probably only had a mini cycle - he bought the LR fully cured from the LFS and popped it in brand new water.

    As far as I am concerned - the tank is ready for livestock. but lets wait to see what the 'real' experts say.

    ps. once again - cycling is NOT a time thing - it is a science :D
     
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    Are you still dosing Prodibio?
    Saw in your other thread you did dose but then were considering stopping using it casue of cost?
    Prodibio will speed up cycling, probably why you not seeing the usual spikes if cycle is done without the help of additional bacteria.
    Are you cycling with lights on or off?
     
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    THANKS JAYPEEBEE

    one question how confident are you with your statement?
     
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