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  1. saxplayer

    Cycling question

    I know many people have seen that happen Weikel, and I've read anywhere from 1-3 weeks for live rock/sand and much longer without live.
  2. saxplayer

    Cycling question

    You're right about the nitrAtes. I just know my tank won't be clearing them now, so I am assuming a water change is the only way after I cycle. Until my cycle is complete - no water change though, right?
  3. saxplayer

    Cycling question

    I agree - nitrAtes will need to be removed with water changes. I have been cycling the 16g biocube with live sand and rock (cured) from LFS since the 8th. As page 1 says, I had zero ammonia and nitrites 2.5 days ago so I thought maybe it was close. I dosed Tim's ammonia for up to 2ppm ammonia by testing, and in 48 hours I had zero ammonia, 0.5-1 nitrites and 20-50 nitrAtes (where they were previously). I know I'll need to do a water change to remove nitrAtes once cycling is done.
  4. saxplayer

    Cycling question

    I appreciate the truth-ism lol. Really I’m asking why 2 days prior I had zero ammonia and nitrites and now, since I don’t after dosing Tim’s - it seems it wasn’t ready right? Why would it be zero on both esp with nitrite if it isn’t clearing ammonia in 24 hr? Trying to learn here not be instructed in patience. I already hinted I assumed it meant I needed to wait more as does my entire thread. Again, thanks for the sayings but I’d really like to learn why versus just “wait young grass hopper”. I know to wait and expect that. Thanks.
  5. saxplayer

    Cycling question

    Hmm.. 48 hrs after 56 drops of Tim's ammonia in my 16g (shooting for 12-13g water volume after sand and rock) I have: Ammonia: zero Nitrites: 0.5-1 Nitrates: 20-50 I guess it looks like my tank is not quite cycled. I am leaving the lights on approx 6-8 hrs. Should I run them longer? I have done zero water changes. Any advice? Guessing just waiting more 🙂 Thanks!
  6. saxplayer

    Cycling question

    Well tonight I had some ammonia and nitrites left but both were not high. I do think I did too much Tim’s last night so it may have been way above 2. I did enough for 13-14 gal and I think it was way over 2 ppm. Once it is all cleared I’ll re dose Tim’s for 10 gallons and see what happens.
  7. saxplayer

    Cycling question

    I would like to get a pair of small clowns. Does this sound reasonable with a few CUC members? Assuming I clear ammonia in 24
  8. saxplayer

    Cycling question

    So you agree with Tim’s dosing and if cleared in 24hr then large water change and CUC? 80% water?
  9. saxplayer

    Saxplayer’s 16g LED Biocube

    Ok, so 9/17: Zero ammonia and nitrites. 20-50 nitrates. Awaiting advice from beginner forum to see if I should dose with Dr. Tim's ammonium cl to get the ammonia to 1ppm then see what is cleared in a 24 hr period. Next step I assume soon, is to get a CUC. Looking for recommendations for this tank. I don't / haven't had an algae bloom yet.
  10. saxplayer

    Cycling question

    Ok so 9/17: Zero ammonia Zero nitrites I'd say between 20-50 nitrates. Next step is ?? Dosing with Dr. Tim's ammonium chloride until 1ppm and then see what clears in 24 hr? Time to order a clean up crew then also? I have no algae bloom yet in my tank that I have seen. Not sure if I should expect that with live rock or not? Can someone recommend a specific CUC for me? Have several LFS or I can order from Reef Cleaners for custom crew. I would love to know what to get first. Thanks, all. Grant
  11. So to clarify, the stock pump with the 16g Biocube is at the bottom, and the chiller pump is sitting on top of it? how long is your return tubing going down into chamber 3?
  12. Sent you a pm on this topic. I bought one of these as well as my temp is running 81.5 or so consistently and I would like it lower. Also a 16g LED Biocube. Questions about installation. Thanks!
  13. saxplayer

    Cycling question

    I just want to clarify - checked my nitrates tonight, they seem to be between 20-50 (test options) and nitrites are up to 1 from 0.2 yesterday. I am correct to NOT change the water to rid of nitrAtes right now yes? Just wait it out until ammonia, nitrites are zero, then can do water change to remove nitrAtes? Thanks Grant
  14. saxplayer

    Cycling question

    Ok thanks for this. To clarify - wait till ammonia and nitrites are zero and water change to rid of nitrates? Then get CUC?
  15. saxplayer

    Saxplayer’s 16g LED Biocube

    Thank you! I have noticed a very small branching thing but not much else. It’s been only running for 3 days now. I posted my recent tests for cycle start in the beginner forum. Thank you also! I don’t really know a lot of the rock differences. The LFS has only this so I went with it 🙂
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