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  1. LesPaulGtr

    Done Cycling Tank?

    Hi. I think you got to where I got way quicker than I did. I’ve been cycling my tank since 12/16 and dosed 10 times. Im still at 0 ammonia and .05-.1 nitrites. Seems to have slowed down in the last week however.
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    Done Cycling Tank?

    Thanks @teenyreef. I guess I'll keep at it and try to be patient 🙂 So I've been dosing the day after testing to ensure I'm at 0/0 before I add. It's strange because on Dr Tim's website one page refers to being done after both numbers are below .2 but another page says 0. I guess it's safer to make sure both are at 0. Would adding more Stability generate more nitrifying bacteria or I've maxed out after a week of using that? Thanks!
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    Done Cycling Tank?

    Hi @teenyreef No problem 🙂 Thanks for checking in. So I've dosed ammonia a couple more times since my last update and I'm still getting 0 ammonia .1 nitrites after 24 hours. If I wait another day, the nitrites do fall to 0. Not sure how to get that down to zero within a day after dosing and is it essential at this stage? I've got to be close, no? Also, my nitrates are sky high red color, I can't gauge on the API kit but somewhere between 80-160. Thanks again for any and all advice!
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    Done Cycling Tank?

    Thanks @teenyreef. Just to be clear - are you saying I should dose again until BOTH ammonia and nitrites are at 0 a day later? Or, now that I can clear 2ppm ammonia in a day, I should just wait for Nitrites to go to 0 without doing anything further? Then I can add fish. Also, anyone know what this brown crap on my rocks and in my sand are and what I should do about it? Thanks!
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    Done Cycling Tank?

    Thanks Everyone for the great feedback. Just tested again tonight and I think I'm very close. Last night dosed 2ppm ammonia and now it's 0 on the red sea kit. But I have .2 nitrites and >50 nitrates. I guess one more round of dosing to make sure the nitrites get down to 0? Also, does the level of nitrates matter? Thanks again!
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    Done Cycling Tank?

    Thanks @Clown79 @teenyreef this is very helpful info! I'll try and be a little more patient until the numbers get down lower.
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    Done Cycling Tank?

    Thanks @Clown79 @Slim64684 @teenyreef So should I be adding more ammonia drops and retest within 24 hours? Or am I just waiting for both readings to come down to zero without adding? Also so when I’m finally done, how long do I have to start adding fish before the bacteria dies? Thanks!
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    Done Cycling Tank?

    Hi All, I've been cycling my new tank since 12/16 and I think it's finally finished, but wanted to ask the experts: Yesterday I dosed 2ppm of Ammonia Drops and 24 hours later I have the following results. I used 2 different test sets to be sure: API: Ammonia: Between 0-.25ppm Nitrite: 0ppm Red Sea: Ammonia: 0ppm (looks more yellow than the picture) Nitrite: Between .05-.1ppm So does it look like I'm good? Thanks in advance!
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    Stringy Stuff - what is it?

    Thanks @patback. They were loosely attached to the rocks, but I was able to free them by using tweezers. Quite a few got loose and swimming around but eventually got caught in the filter floss. When I took them out and put on a paper towel they actually looked brown, so not sure what they were. I still have a little more clean up to do, but for the most part it seems resolved. Thanks.
  10. Hi All, I'm 2 weeks into an initial cycle on a brand new tank. I only have real reef rock, live sand and water in the tank and I started noticing this translucent stringy stuff all over the rocks pretty early on. Any ideas on what it is and if it needs to be removed? Thanks!
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    Fluval EVO 13.5G Chamber mod?

    Thanks @hipertec yes I have the fan labels pointed down. I'm wondering if the unit I got is defective as the output seems like a very light breeze and wouldn't do much. I'm ordering a replacement just to be sure. In comparison, I also have one of these: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FCJGZ4H/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 which is 2 fans and slightly larger, but move a lot more air. I'd prefer the ones you used as they are a little smaller and easier to mount to the hood. Thanks.
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    Fluval EVO 13.5G Chamber mod?

    Hi @hipertec Is this the 3 fan cooler you used? https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00M9UV9LI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I just got it and the fan seems to move very slowly and barely moves any air. I can't see how it actually makes a noticeable difference in the tank, unless you have a different one or I have a defective fan. Thanks!
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    Too Much Rock?

    Thanks @paulsz. I have a InTank CHAMBER ONE MEDIA BASKET on the way I will be filling with filter floss, Purigen & Chemi Pure Blue. I guess I was just concerned about the cycling for now if the carbon or other filters were inhibiting the progress. Thanks!
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    Too Much Rock?

    Thank you @alpinestar @paulsz @Clown79 This is what I currently have in the stock filter. So I should remove the carbon filter only? Thanks again!
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    Too Much Rock?

    Thanks @paulsz @Jesterrace. By the way, am I delaying cycling by keeping the stock filter media (sponge, chemical, bio) in place? Dr Tim suggested to remove the filter sock when cycling but I wasn't sure if that applies to my tank. Something about the good bacteria getting trapped in the filter. Thanks again!
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