Nitrogen Cycle

Discussion in 'Beginner Discussions' started by BrandonH, 15 Apr 2013.

  1. BrandonH

    BrandonH

    Joined:
    11 Feb 2013
    Posts:
    134
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Fourways
    How soon after starting up should I register the first ammonia readings? It has now been a week and still nothing.
     
  2. AdS Guest




    to hide all adverts.
  3. Visser

    Visser MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    21 Nov 2011
    Posts:
    2,670
    Likes Received:
    45
    Location:
    Willows,Pretoria /Brits
    If you started your tank with some good quality liverock & bacterial supplement you would most likely not even detect ammonia & nitrites.
    I have also not detected even the slightest hint of ammonia & nitrites on my latest tank even after a month.
    Can you perhaps explain your system to us. Volume, liverock amount, skimmer, addatives & perhaps add a pic of the sump & tank.
     
  4. RiaanP

    RiaanP Moderator

    Joined:
    11 Aug 2008
    Posts:
    23,163
    Likes Received:
    1,231
    Location:
    Centurion
    Depending on the rocks, where you got it from, was it already cycled or not, if it was allowed to dry out or not.

    Some more info on the rocks would help.
     
  5. BrandonH

    BrandonH Thread Starter

    Joined:
    11 Feb 2013
    Posts:
    134
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Fourways
    [​IMG]

    My tank is 1.2 x .6 x .64 [​IMG]

    with a 1.1 x .4 x .45 sump. All my liverock and DSB come out of an already cycle[​IMG]

    d holding facility. I have been dosing stability from day one. Please see pics.[​IMG]
     
  6. Tiger eye

    Tiger eye

    Joined:
    2 Aug 2010
    Posts:
    1,005
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    Centurion, PTA
    How deep is your DSB? And I would recomend that you remove the live rock from tje DSB to create more surface aria sinse your DSB is very small. For the amonia it might be posible sinse everything was allreddy cycled and you dosed stabilaty from day one.
     
  7. pkc

    pkc

    Joined:
    17 Oct 2008
    Posts:
    632
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    Brisbane-Queensland-Australia
    Mate you need some ammonia for a time the get a good bio start. I would add a small amount of marinara mix to the aquarium in a stocking bag hung in the water to rot and stimulate ammonia.
    Each two to three days shake the bag and after a few weeks take it out and it can be in the sump, it doesn’t have to be in the aquarium.
    A small hand full will have varied life, which will give omnivore ammonia-prawn meat, filter feeder life ammonia-mucles, oysters as such, and carnivore ammonia-fish, octopus and squid.
    Each form of life gives off a different ammonia signature and you need your oxidisers that are incredibly diverse to handle all these varied ammonias.
    Once they are in place and working well and a large protist community is up and running and bacteria phages are doing their bit, your aquarium biologically, can be labelled mature.
     
Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - Nitrogen Cycle Forum Date
Nitrogen cycle General Discussions and Advice 24 Jun 2016
How to kick start the nitrogen cycle General Discussions and Advice 25 Nov 2015
Understand the Nitrogen Cycle in Aquariums/Ponds JungleAquatics.NET BLOG 14 Jun 2015
The Marine Nitrogen cycle simply explained. Idol Marine 12 Feb 2015
Aquarium Chemistry: The Nitrogen Cycle: New Developments and New Prospects Water Parameters and Additives 20 Apr 2011
Nitrogen Cycle - an easy to understand diagram Water Parameters and Additives 9 Feb 2010
Planet's Nitrogen Cycle Overturned By 'Tiny Ammonia Eater Of The Seas' Diving, Collecting and Environmental Discussions 16 Oct 2009