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Hi all, first time posting so hopefully i've chosen the right discussion! Im currently cycling my 10g water box cube with Dr Tims ammonia/ one and only, 10 days in. I've followed the directions correctly and avoided dosing any more ammonia if the reading is above 2ppm in this case the only time i've dosed was day 1. Im currently using RedSea test kits and my results are as pictured. my question is my nitrite and nitrate have been climbing quite significantly over the last week as you can see, but my ammonia has dropped but then almost seem's stuck at 1.2ppm my understanding is that as nitrite climbs, ammonia drops and so on for nitrate. I know that it's early on i just imagined i would see a decrease in ammonia as there is an increase elsewhere... if anyone has any advice, should i do a water change or just leave it a little longer? and if you need any more info please feel free to ask 🙂 temp - 25.5/26 apex el salinity ( 1.025) i have heard the bacteria likes low salinity so i could drop that if people think its worth it. also Im using lfs ro/di water but have my own unit arriving tomorrow. i did not test the water before starting the cycle. thanks for the help in advance 🙂 Happy reefing, Jordan
sylocal posted a topic in Beginners DiscussionHi Folks, I'm currently in the cycling process of my Red Sea Reefer 170. This is my third tank. I started this tank with BRS Dry Rock, and live sand from BRS. I added a shrimp 3-4 days ago. It's beginning to disintegrate in my filter sock, still no ammonia readings. I added a small live rock and some chaeto yesterday. Before adding shrimp I began with Red Sea Mature Pro cycling kit however my readings using API & Salifert show to be 0 on everything Ammonia, Nitrate, Nitrite. This is after seven days... 77.3 *F 8.17 ph 34.2 salt 233 ORP Visually, the tank looks clean. No signs of diatoms. Where the $#%* is my ammonia haha?! Either this tank is cycling very efficiently and it's undetectable or Red Sea's Mature Pro cycling kit is pure snake oil. Prove me wrong. What to do next... Edit: I added the live sand and dry rock one week before beginning the cycling product from Red Sea.