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  1. mattitheowl

    New cycle question

    So what does the live sand achieve over dry?
  2. mattitheowl

    New cycle question

    Yeah I've just bought some of that. I'm a little confused as to how your tank would cycle without ammonia other than dumping some poor fish in and sacrificing them?
  3. mattitheowl

    New cycle question

    I've been trying to find Ammonium Chloride at all my LFS and nobody has it. They all look puzzled when I ask for it. I feel like I'm doing something wrong here. 🤔
  4. mattitheowl

    New cycle question

    So I'm still showing no Ammonia or Nitrite, but 10ppm Nitrate. If I get some Ammonium Chloride and pop a bit of that in, what am I looking for on the test? Would it be test immediately to see the ppm once dosed then test again in 24 hours to see if it's been digested, presumably seeing some Nitrite/Nitrate? I'm guessing adding the Ammonium Chloride won't damage the bacteria in the live sand etc?
  5. mattitheowl

    New cycle question

    This is the bit I'm not sure about. Is my rock live or dry. It's clearly been live at some point in the not too distant past but was literally dry when I picked it off the shelf.
  6. mattitheowl

    New cycle question

    Thanks for the advice guys. I'll get myself some Ammonium Chloride and take it from there. No doubt I'll be back in a week with another stupid question.
  7. mattitheowl

    New cycle question

    The rock was live rock that was shelved and dry. There's little green "branch" like things about 5-8mm in length on bits of the rock that I didn't notice when I put them in but are now stood upright on the rock. I'm using API test strips and API reef master liquid test kit. The Nitrate reading were identical on the test strip and the liquid test. I've bought an Ammonia liquid test now just to double check but that won't be here until Thursday. I'm not in a rush but I do want to know that I'm not just housing a box of water. lol
  8. mattitheowl

    New cycle question

    No the guys in the LFS said there would be plenty of stuff in the rock that would supply it. Where has the Nitrate come from?
  9. mattitheowl

    New cycle question

    I've just set up a Fluval Evo 13.5 and plan on having a nano reef (figured this forum was a no brainer 😁). I've gone with Aragalive Caribsea live sand and dry rock. I've been dosing with Fluval Cycle bacteria. All went in last friday and I've been keeping an eye on the levels since. I've been looking out for the start of the Ammonia spike but haven't seen anything as yet (but I'm just using an in tank indicator - Seachem Alert Ammonia). I've tested today and got 10ppm Nitrate (double checked with wet test and stick indicator). Nitrite is showing 0. I'm not seeing anything akin to life as far as I can tell beyond some very small green bits that look like they are just hydrated bits that were attached to the rock when I bought it. Is it possible to have cycled the tank that quickly or am I missing something? I've got standard set up in back chambers with Fluval skimmer, stock filtration and return pump and heater.
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