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post #1 of 12 Old 03-11-2012, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
Cycling Water Chemistry

BioCube 29 with 35lbs live rock and 40lbs live sand has been cycling for 3.5 week now.*

Test Results:

Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 0 ppm
Phosphate: 0 ppm
Carbonate(Alkalinity): 10 DKH or 179 ppm KH
Calcium: 400 ppm
Salinity: 1.026
PH: 8.07

All of my readings have been the same from day one, except PH. PH began at 7.90.*

I run my lights 5 1/2 hrs a day, yet haven't had a diatom bloom.*

HAS MY TANK CYCLED?

Thanks MetalArm
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post #2 of 12 Old 03-11-2012, 06:49 PM
If they've remained the same throughout, yes you are done. But you did forget to put up numbers for Nitrite, if there are any.
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post #3 of 12 Old 03-11-2012, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
Unfortunately, the API Reef test kit didn't come with a Nitrite Test Kit. I guess I'll have to go pick one up.

If nitrites are low, do you recommend putting in the CUC even though I didn't have a diatom bloom?

Thanks for all the help Reefing Madness. Your expertise is well appreciated.

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post #4 of 12 Old 03-11-2012, 09:16 PM
I would wait til the Nitrites are 0, and Trates are under 40. But, if i'm a guessing man, I'd say your set.
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post #5 of 12 Old 03-11-2012, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
Ok, I'll buy a Nitrite kit, but Nitrartes are a 0ppm
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post #6 of 12 Old 03-12-2012, 11:17 AM
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Ok, I'll buy a Nitrite kit, but Nitrartes are a 0ppm
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Was just saying, if you had an indication of any Trites, then you would have some Trates soon. But I'm not thinking your going to have a problem.

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post #7 of 12 Old 03-12-2012, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
Ok, I'll let you know what happens

BTW: I nuked one aiptasia but the other was fast, and sucked it self into a rock. Haven't seen it since. :(
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post #8 of 12 Old 03-12-2012, 12:56 PM
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Ok, I'll let you know what happens

BTW: I nuked one aiptasia but the other was fast, and sucked it self into a rock. Haven't seen it since. :(
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They suck, I hear ya. Maybe you got him, if he hasn't come back.
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post #9 of 12 Old 03-12-2012, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
I hope, never would have thought they could be so quick.

In you opinion, how much should CUC cost? Don't want my local place charge me to much.
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post #10 of 12 Old 03-12-2012, 01:55 PM
All depends on what your getting. All CUC, Snail, Hermit cost different.Nut shell though, Turbo snails are roughly $2.99, as are Bumble Bee Snails and Scarlet Reef Hermits. But, if you get them from another site, you can get them in a bundle for alot less.
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