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  1. General Reef Discussion
    I was wondering what the signs of cycling completion are and when 5e cycle is usually finished. I haven’t seen any Ammonia, nitrate, or nitrite spikes but I’ve had diatoms, and gha.I am not sure if the tank has cycled.Not that I’m impatient to get coral or anything!
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    Alright, so around 2 weeks ago I started a thread named "Tank Cycling Help" and everyone was very helpful. Time solved my issue and my nitrites eventually went down. However, during the time that when my nitrites went down, the nitrates went very high, which I assume is routine. The weird part...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    So ive had my tank for about 4 weeks now. I have live sand and live rock added to the tank and was putting aquavitro seed in. After testing my water i got no reading from anything. I took the advice and put a raw shrimp after two days i got a reading of nitrite anywhere from .50ppm and 5.00ppm...
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    Hi all! It’s been 8 years since my last post! Wow. Anyway, I am cycling/reviving a 10 gallon nano tank (reef) and I noticed that when the ammonia spiked so did the nitrates and the nitrites. But now, the ammonia remains basically the same (0.5ppm), while my nitrites are zero and nitrates are...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    Hey, so I'm about ready to start my tank and am pretty sure I want to use a sump but am not 100% sure yet. I'm wondering if it's fine to start my initial cycle without a sump, and then add one later if I choose. Would it be bad to add a sump (and the additional water required) in the middle of...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    hey all, getting back into the hobby. Had only kept bi mac octopi previously but was young and full of mistakes (and short on money.) Now the girlfriend and i are both about to cycle new tanks. Mines a 40 gallon with a fluvial 206, mainland LED's and a small heater, we just bought her a 29 gal...
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    Hi to every reef tank lovers. I have a problem with my cycling. Maybe it’s not a problem, but I’ve always been at 0 nitrates, 0 nitrites and 0 ammonia. Don’t worry about the nitrates testing, I shaked the bottle really well. Here is my setup : - 80 gallons tank - 20 gallons sump - My...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    Hello new reefer here. Just getting my tank cycling and got a few questions for the mean time. Im using bio spira and table shrimp for cycling my tank and it just got past the ammonia peak so most of the cycle is in the nitrite and starting to get a little reading on the nitrate. So when should...
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    Hello guys. First post to the reef tank site and also just starting up a reef tank after some time. Im set up in a fluvial m60 all in one tank with modification that don't matter for my question today, at least i don't think? Any ways i got a ro/di set up and been making water for a few day...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    I have just started a 60g tank, and I have a 20g sump. I added 50lbs of dry rock and 80lbs of live sand I cycled my last tank with damsels and LR. How should I go about cycling this new tank with live sand and dry rock? Should I just add fish food and "Ghost Feed" the tank? Also, can I cycle the...
  11. General Reef Discussion
    Aloha. I am about a week away from setting up my 80gal FOWLR tank and I have been researching like MAD but as we all know,there are many different solutions out there. I would like to ask a few basic questions so I can narrow my choices.Here goes: 1) FOWLR tank SG? I am leaning toward 1.022...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    New to the forum, apologize if there is an existing thread I didn't find. Problem: We set up a 30 gal tank about 5 months ago. Live rock, sand to begin. Allowed it to cycle for about 5 weeks, introduced a few plants (which are still living). Introduced a few (5) hermits a week later...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    Hi, I have decided to begin a new journey into the world of marine tanks. I purchased a - 75 gallon tank - 75 pounds of aragonite sand - 40 pounds of dry rock - Instant ocean salt - Fluval FX6 (i purchased this before i decided to go marine) - 300 watt water heater Unfortunately i was given...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    I started my 29Gal tank 2 weeks ago. My LFS got me started and for someone new to saltwater, I just trusted everything he said. He owns the store so who else would know more about saltwater tanks than this guy. Anyway, my 29g has a heater, a HOB Filter and lighting. He got me started with...
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    Last February i decided to purchase a 55 gallon saltwater tank setup. i beached the live rock and bought new sand and cycled the tank for 3 months or so, i never purchased a cleaner crew or any fish, basically the tank was empty minus rocks sand and water. It went through a diatom bloom and...
  16. New Member Introductions
    Hi all, really pleased to find this site and all the knowledgable people on it. i have spent hours looking through many threads on here but have been unable to find an answer to my particular problem. I am going to be upsizing my tank and the new tank will have to sit where the old one is, the...
  17. New Member Introductions
    Hi All! Intro I'm in my thirties, I live in the northeast USA, and just started with aquaria about 1 year ago. I started with planted freshwater tanks. I was successful with a nano tank with shrimp and I've since upgraded to a 30 gallon with moss, shrimp, a few little fish, and lots of plants...
  18. General Reef Discussion
    need advice on the lighting, tank is a 20 long. 12 inches tall. have a 4 bulb t-5 with 2 white and 2 blue bulbs. i plan on having mostly Euphyllia corals and some softies, is the lighting right and what height should i have it over the tank?
  19. General Reef Discussion
    I set up my 60 gallon tank 10 days ago with 40 pounds live sand and 60 pounds live rock I put two clowns in there for an ammonia source 7 days ago and have been feeding them twice a day everyday. I'm on my third day of using Seachem Stability and my ammonia and nitrites are 0 but my nitrates are...
  20. General Reef Discussion
    I started a 60 gallon saltwater tank with live rock and live sand. About a week ago I put two clownfish in there as cycle fish. I feed them twice a day and watch them to make sure they actually eat but still there is no readings of ammonia or anything is this normal or is my rock already cured...
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