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mike1989 12-23-2011 09:06 PM

Need help
 
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
Fowlr
salinity 1.023
2 damsels
fiji live rock 15lbs

mike1989 12-23-2011 10:20 PM

anyone out there?

Reefing Madness 12-24-2011 11:22 AM

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

mike1989 12-24-2011 06:54 PM

thanks for the reply. I was using the strips, but today I went and just the api master kit

Reefing Madness 12-24-2011 11:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mike1989 (Post 929514)
thanks for the reply. I was using the strips, but today I went and just the api master kit

:thumbsup:

onefish2fish 12-25-2011 04:35 AM

the brownish algae is your diatom bloom.

goodluck with damsels. they are nasty fish.


and welcome to the forum.


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