Cycling help please!!!!!!

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  1. mornewil

    mornewil Morne

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    Ok im a beginner so if i say things that dont make sense. Forgive & correct me please.

    I've been hard at work setting up my tank.

    Im a bit confused when it comes to the cycling part.

    I added water about 3 weeks ago. Got my salinity & temperature right which reads as follows:

    Sal - 1.026
    Temp - 25 deg

    A week after i added my water i added about 11 kgs of kenyan dead rock.
    Then i bought 28 kgs of kenyan live rock which i added immediately.

    The tanks been running about two weeks with the rock in & ive been testing my water
    every few days. ammonia levels stay at 0.08 nitrite at 0 & nitrate at 0.

    Is this normal or am i doing something wrong.

    Ive read lots of articles on cycling and most of it says that im suppose to get an ammonia spike which then comes down & nitrates begin appearing & then comes down and nitrate should appear. but this isnt happening.

    Please help
     
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    mornewil Thread Starter Morne

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    correction....nitrites after ammonia. lol
     
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    Give it time bud. Normally takes 4weeks min :)
     
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    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    It will also depend on how much die off there was/is on the liverock. If the rock is excelent quality, fully cured stuuf the nyou wont see such a dramatic ammonia spike.
    Just sit back and relax, cycling takes time.
     
  6. crispin

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    sounds like you are off to a good start :) let nature take its course for a while and have a few beers, watch some rugga and then come back to the tank in a few weeks time.

    did you use RO water to make the salt water originally?

    how about apic and maybe we can help with your aquascaping a little?
     
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    Hi, read Hennie's Corner in the Forum. It will help you put your mind to ease.
     
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    As soon as your ammonia is zero you can add a single fish but be careful and choose your fish properly and dont add schooling fish first as you cannot just add one, they like company. A lot of guys choose fish badly and emotionally, and end up with problems, so ask the forum and the guys will help you along.
     
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    mornewil Thread Starter Morne

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    ok thanks for the advice seems im tripping on nothing.
    @ crispin, i did use ro water and i will upload pics after my lights have been fitted. pics dont come out so lekker in the dark with the flash
     
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