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Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Klems, Mar 3, 2017.
How long should I wait before I test for nitrites?
You probably won't see much going on for at least a week.
OK, second part of the cycle has begun...
Nitrate is now measurable....And Ammonia has dropped down to less that 1ppm....Time to place another ammonia dose to see how long it takes to process...
I would wait till all the ammonia n nitrite is processed before testing with another dose.
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This is the process from the Dr.Tims website:
Day 1 – dose ammonia to 2 ppm ammonia-nitrogen [NH3-N] using our ammonium chloride (1 drop per gallon [After Nov 2016 when using DrTim’s ammonium chloride use 4 drops per gallon]) [NOTE: do not expect your test kit to exactly read 2 ppm and it is not critical to get exactly 2 ppm. The key is to not add too much ammonia]. If using DrTim’s Aquatics One & Only Live Nitrifying bacteria add it now (turn skimmer, UV and ozone off and remove filter socks for 48 hours).
Day 2 – Measure ammonia and nitrite.
Day 3 – If ammonia and nitrite are below 1 ppm add more ammonia: four drops of our ammonium chloride per gallon (check the label).
Days 4 & 5 – Measure ammonia and nitrite.
Day 6 – If ammonia and nitrite are below 1 ppm add 2 ppm ammonia. Four drops of our ammonium chloride per gallon. [NOTE: since you have added the One & Only your ammonia kit will not read 2 ppm and DO NOT continue adding ammonia trying to get to 2 ppm – just add 2 ppm ammonia (4 drops per gallon of our ammonium chloride) and carry-on.
Days 7 & 8 – Measure ammonia and nitrite. On the first measurement day (Day 2, 4, 5, 7 or 8) that BOTH ammonia and nitrite are both below 0.5 ppm (NH3-N or NO2-N) your tank is close to being cycled.
Now start to measure ammonia and nitrite every day.
When BOTH ammonia and nitrite are below 0.2 ppm (NH3-N or NO2-N), add another 2 ppm ammonia.
Continue to measure every day. When you can add 2 ppm ammonia and BOTH ammonia and nitrite are below 0.2 ppm (NH3-N or NO2-N) the next day your tank is cycled – congrats! You’re done!
That is a lot of ammonia added. Bear in mind that every ppm of ammonia added is adding to your final nitrate levels.
Do you want to start the tank with nitrates in 2ppm or close to 10ppm?
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Skimmer is nice and quite and pulling some nice tea colored gunk out already....
Looks like cycle is complete....No diatoms yet
Will try and dose a bit more ammonia and verify that it cycles over the next 24 hrs....Then on to the CUC!!!
Once the cycle is complete, don't forget to do a major water change to bring down the nitrates before adding any life.
Is 20-30% WC enough?
Depends. What are your nitrates at now?
This morning it is sitting between 15-20ppm
That's not too bad. Mine was up around 80 ppm. I would think a 30% WC would be adequate.
How much ammonia chloride did you dose?
I introduced some tigger pods into the system to get them seeding the tank before inhabitants are added. Not sure if they are helping with the nitrate levels...
Thanks @ Flagg37 for the Cheato...Got the fuge light on for the first time tonight....Hoping it can help reduce nitrates and phosphates like it did during the BRS video
I've got Chaeto and ONLY Chaeto (no chemicals) in the sump growing 24/7 lighting, and my nitrates and phosphates are at 0. Trust me, you will love having Chaeto in your system.
First inhabitants in the new tank...Some CUC and two small coral frags
And now the diatoms have appeared....time for the clean up crew to do their job....
How many turbos, trochus, nassarius and certh snails should I get for my tank? I also plan on getting a fighting conch..