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post #1 of 6 Old 12-23-2011, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, new here. I did a search and nothing really answered my question.

About 10 days ago I put in cured live rock and damsel to cycle the tank, I have been testing everyday and have not seen the levels rise at all. Also the fish seem to be doing great. My sand is turning a brownish color I am guessing this is a algae/bacteria growth? I do have some tiny spots of coralline growing. So my question is can the cycle ever be so fast that you do not catch it with tests? or I am still in cycle. I do not understand how I could still be in cycle with the growth of coralline etc? Help please.

20 gallon
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salinity 1.023
2 damsels
fiji live rock 15lbs

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post #2 of 6 Old 12-23-2011, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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anyone out there?
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-24-2011, 12:22 PM
Cycle could be over only if you used Fully Cured Live Rock. If you didn't then I'd take a stab and say your still in cycle. Looking at 4-6 weeks. The Brown algae are Diatoms growing. If you have Coralline growing already, then your ALK MAG CA must be correct. What test kit are you using fo your water?
Water Changes in the Cycling Aquarium - The First Tank Guide - Don't Water Changes Keep the Biological Filter from Maturing?
About Nuisance Aquarium Diatoms & Slime Algae
What is the Nitrogen (Cycle) Cycling Process? - The Nitrogen Cycle in a Marine Saltwater Aquarium
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-24-2011, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the reply. I was using the strips, but today I went and just the api master kit
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-25-2011, 12:59 AM
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thanks for the reply. I was using the strips, but today I went and just the api master kit
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-25-2011, 05:35 AM
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the brownish algae is your diatom bloom.

goodluck with damsels. they are nasty fish.


and welcome to the forum.
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