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    You basically added the saltwater equivalent of freshwater cycled bio-media when you added the live rock, so I guess it did speed up the cycle.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    Yup you got it. There isnt any difference between marine and freshwater cycling short of the type of bacteria.
    Freshwater tanks can cycle at 20 ppm as well. Although ive seen way more than that in tanks that actually stopped all bacteria from forming. (my neighbor had a 10 gallon tank with 4 goldfish and a pleco)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ekap View Post
    thank you for all the help. i have the heater in the tank at 82. I also bought an API mast test kit. I wish i just bought that to begin with. I guess i just need some patience. I also did a 75% water change to bring the ppm down to around 2. Should i see a bacteria bloom soon?
    Bacterial blooms happen when they happen. you may see one right away and again, you may not.
    just follow the stickie directions for the fishless cycle and you'll be fine. to par it down to very basic points:
    test for ammonia 1 time per day - and only 1 time every 24 hours
    when ammonia reaches 0 AND you see nitrites, then dose ammonia again but only to 1/2 of your initial dose.
    continue to do this until both nitrites and ammonia are 0 and you have nitrates. this should take about 3 - 4 weeks. If the nitrates are high, do a large water change (75% or more) then stock your fish.
    continue to ask questions if you need to:o)
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    I'm a little confused if this is a SW or FW tank

    If this is a SW tank, then all I can say is WOW. The are some minor differences between cycling a FW and SW tank that can make a really really big different down the road for you. I would STOP adding that much ammonia. Typically, when you add live rock to a tank, you will have a small dis-off from the rocks and that ammonia spike alone will be enough to cycle your tank in a matter of days in most cases (depending on the quality of the live rock). You have to also keep in mind your rock is like a sponge. When you have that much ammonia in the water, your rock will start to absorb it. When the ammonia level in the water drops, ammonia will be realised back into the water, like osmosis.With that much ammonia in the water for much longer and you could be well on your way to creating a lot of water quality issues for a long time to come. Trust me on this. I have made the same mistake once and it took me a few months of recuring that rock before I could use it in one of my tanks

    I would suggest a large water change, about 80% to bring that level down as much as possible. I'm not exaggerating here either. The below link can help you better understand how to cycle a marine aquarium.

    http://www.reefaquarium.com/2012/cyc...rine-aquarium/
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    I hate to disagree but there is no way i will stall my cycle and "bail water". I'll keep my cycle info in the thread with test kit. I purposely promoted "die off" to hopefully erradicate hitch hikers as "cooking" live rock didnt work last time.

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    Have you tried the below approach to curing live rock? I has always worked for me to get rid of all hitch hikers.

    http://www.reefaquarium.com/2013/cur...ine-aquariums/
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    Yes my live rock was cured and that method is great. It doesnt prevent hitch hikers though. There is a TON of live stuff in that rock inspection wont show.
    I boiled (cooked) live rock and still had hitch hikers lol. I'm hoping this method will be more detrimental (crosses fingers). Aptasias ran amuck last time.

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    [QUOTE=Cliff;1141847]I'm a little confused if this is a SW or FW tank

    Cliff - the OP was asking about a FW tank but the thread got a little highjacked.
    I tried to steer it back on course.
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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