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So yesterday the filling process started.firstly the red sea ocean white substrate went in.
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Then i added some liverock.still need plenty more rock.was thinking of making 2 islands.
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And this morning the water cleared up nicely.now to add some bacteria and food and let the cycle take its course.
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Just testing the light.going to run most of the cycle with the lights off or at least to run lights only for n short while each day
 
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So i saw that the skimmer was sitting a little deep in the sump..got this for the skimmer to sit on.
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Just a Question...

The cycle is finished with its first week.I added biodigest and bioptim on day 1 to get the bacteria established.I'm also doing a week of Stability.I added a pinch of food as well to help the ammonia on.I tested last night and I thought i would see some ammonia spike or nitrite spike after a week.


Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0

Only guess is that there are enough bacteria to break down evertything.Will do another test sunday to see if there are any changes.

anyone with some input to share?
 
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Just a Question...

The cycle is finished with its first week.I added biodigest and bioptim on day 1 to get the bacteria established.I'm also doing a week of Stability.I added a pinch of food as well to help the ammonia on.I tested last night and I thought i would see some ammonia spike or nitrite spike after a week.


Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0

Only guess is that there are enough bacteria to break down evertything.Will do another test sunday to see if there are any changes.

anyone with some input to share?
I think you on the right track.
 
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SaltyG - don’t run a skimmer during the cycle, it might skim out some of the bacteria. When I cycled my tank, the was no ammonia detectable until about week number four. I did start of with dead rock and sand, so what is in the tank will definitely influence the tests that you are doing.
 
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The cycle is only complete when you see a amoniak spike....then nitrite....then nitrate....seeing nothing doesnt mean cycle is complete
 
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The cycle is only complete when you see a amoniak spike....then nitrite....then nitrate....seeing nothing doesnt mean cycle is complete
Yup i know that..was just odd.Thought i would have seen a spike by now.No worries i will let the cycle take is course and will test through out.
 
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Thanks.Added another el cheapo powerhead giving the tank a total of 40 times turnover a hour.Return pump around 4000l/h, one powerhead doing 2000l/h and the latest one doing 4000l/h.

Total 10 000l/h on a tank volume of around 250 liters
 

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