cycle aquarium

  1. bert236

    Need advice for cycle

    Hello, I have started cycling my tank about two weeks ago now. I started by using 4oz of fritz turbo start for my 65 gallon tank then dosed dr tims ammonia up to over 2ppm. It’s quickly fell and nitrites went up over 1ppm( top limit for Red Sea kit I have) and never came back down. Meanwhile my...
  2. M

    Hello Would this work to start out an aquarium?

    I want to start an aquarium and I need to cycle the tank. I have heard best practice after cycling the tank is to run the aquarium without the lights on to help keep the bad bacteria at bay. I want to get this started before I move to a new apartment in a couple months… I want the tank to be...
  3. tech_reefer

    Tank Cycle

    So I want to setup a small frag tank. I have cycled media from my bigger tank. Do I still need to wait the full month to cycle the tank? Or can I keep seeding the frag tank with Microbactor 7? I’m not putting any fish immediately, only soft corals for now until more bacteria grow?
  4. G

    Cycling tank progress

    Inherited a bio cube 16 about a month ago and have been cycling it for the past few weeks. Recently started growing the brown algae. What’s next and am I where I’m supposed to be?
  5. sunshineb

    Cycling a Biocube 32 Gal. - Water Params

    Tested my water today with an API kit, Tank has been up and running with live rock, live sand, and pre-mixed salt water purchased at LFS for about 1 week. Water params: pH: 8.2 Ammonia: about 0.25ppm Nitrites: 0ppm Nitrates: 0ppm Noticed a bit of brown algae growth but LFS says there wouldn't...
  6. N

    Cycle question

    Ok so I finally started my tank. I have a 45 gallon tank put in two bags of live sand and rodi water with salt. Have a wave maker and hob filter. I have been monitoring amonia but I have yet to see an amonia spike. The tank is hazy and cloudy. I’ve read that’s the bacteria bloom. I have 20lbs of...
  7. J

    Detected ammonia in established tank

    Hello, I have a 100g tank with a 34g sump. I've had it going since October 2020. Recently, I've added a new dry rock and 2 media bricks. I haven't tested ammonia in a long time. The red sea kit I have, I purchased in July of 2020. I just tested ammonia because a firefish I have, I haven't...
  8. SigmaVX

    When To Add Live Sand On Fishless Cylce

    I have a new tank cycling with a bare bottom because the Microbacter Start noted that the bacteria may compete with bacteria in live sand. Questions: 1) Is there merit to this claim or is a diverse set of bacteria actually a good thing in the long run? 2) When should one add live sand if...
  9. BamBam98

    Cycling Confusion

    I'm very new to reefing, this is my first ever salt water tank... It has been up and running for around 4 weeks now and has been dosed with microbacter quikcycle and a few doses of microbacter start xlm... My ammonia and nitrite levels have been a bit all over the place but have been holding...
  10. ClownFish664

    Help With Cycle

    Hello, I have 2 clowns currently in my new reef tank (3 days old right now). I am using the ATm coloney method for cycling the tank. I have done a water test today that shows 1.2 ammonia, no nitrites but 0.2 ntrates. Is this right? As I am concerned the amonia is going to cause harm? Any help...
  11. Leon Gorani

    Looking for help on my new tank cycle and what to do next. Not sure if I should dose more ammonia or not.

    So I am cycling my new tank and I have some nitrites, no ammonia and a lot of nitrates. but I need help on what to do next to make sure it is actually cycled or not. I am listing my levels for the past 10 days: I am using the Red Sea marine test kit for reference to numbers/colors. Day2 May 21...
  12. B

    Nano Build Water for new nano tank?

    Hello, I set up a 15g nano tank last week to hold two fish sent by my son (firefish and a neon goby). I used two pieces of live rock that I purchased plus a sponge from my established 45g. 50% water from established tank and 50% new water The LFS said I could put the two fish in right away...
  13. ChandlerTingle

    Cycling Process

    So I’m on the 3rd day of cycling for my 38 gallon tank with the products Dr. Tim’s Ammonia Chloride and API QuickStart. First Day the Ammonia was on 2.0 ppm and has been for the 3 days but Nitrites have not gone up. Should I be worried or is this normal, Which day is usually when you see the...
  14. S

    Preventing Dinos from taking over

    Hi Everyone, Hope everyone’s doing great. I want to understand how can one prevent Dino’s from taking over the tank eventually? Current I battled dinos in my 10 gallon and it wiped out all my corals. I am planning to switch to a 50g lagoon tank but kinda scared to make a move cuz I think I’ll...
  15. M

    Confusing readings during cycle?

    So Iv been cycling for about 1 week and I have some cured live rock and dry rock in the tank I’m using seachem stability and dr Tim’s ammonium chloride yesterday my ammonia was 2.0 nitrite and nitrate both 0 I added more ammonium today as I dosed a lot less than recommended and now all my...
  16. Leon Gorani

    Cycling question & Dr. Tims One and Only came not refrigerated in mail? is it okay

    I bought Dr.Tims live nitrifying bacteria online and it was sent to me in just a regular box, not cooled with cool packs or anything. Is that okay to use? I have now put it in the fridge but should it have been sent in the mail with a cool pack or something? I am going to be cycling my tank...
  17. P

    Live rocks has been in sw bucket for 6 months no flow or heater

    I have had about 30 lbs of live rocks sitting in my buckets full of sw w lids on from the tank i used to have 6 months ago. I sold and tore everything apart, live rocks were the only ones left to me and I am planning to start a new tank. I already bought a new live rock from the lfs to cycle my...
  18. R

    I may be in over my head on this...

    I have been wanting to start a reef tank for quite a while now. In fact, around 3 years ago I purchased everything I needed to start an all in one around a Biocube 38. I ended up moving due to work and selling it as a serious steal to some lucky craigslister. Now I am back at it...and I'm not...
  19. J

    Which parameters do you think need to be or are worth being constantly measured?

    Ive posted here before and Im sorry if im taking too much of your time guys but youve been really helpful. Brief background behind the question is that my bachelor thesis is about designing a smart aquarium. **Some more elaboration on the question:** It doesnt really make sense to have 20...
  20. O

    Turbo start 900 and Dr Tim’s ammonia

    I have a 25 gall water box doing the first cycle so I poured turbo 900 in and now want to add dr Tim’s ammonia. I have exactly 20 gal of SW in the tank but don’t know how much ammonia to add the bottle says 4 drops per gallon I’m feeling that that might be so much how much you you all...
  21. O

    25 gallon tank cycle

    I’m starting a new tank cycle however I’m kinda confused as to what to do next I have added turbo 900 bacteria and purchased Dr Tim’s ammonia but I don’t know how much to dose the bottle says 4 drops per gallon after sand an aquascape I’m at exactly 20 gallons of water how much ammonia to put...
  22. K

    New cycling tank

    Been lurking on this forums for a bit and want to start by saying THANK YOU! This site has ben very helpful. I've wanted to get into saltwater for the longest time and i finally was in a spot to jump in! That being said, want to get your opinions on if I'm on the right track or if i need to...
  23. J

    EMERGENCY No ammonia source - help

    We set up our salt water tank tonight with a combo of dry / wet (live) rock, sand, and salt water. Everything is good to go, but we have no ammonia source. We thought there was frozen shrimp in the freezer, but were mistaken and now stores are closed. We are afraid of messing up the cycle we...
  24. ChristieM

    EMERGENCY HELP! I think I messed up, BIG TIME!!

    I am relatively new to saltwater. My original tank has been up and running for almost a year, no problems since the first cycle. I am now upgrading to a 75 gallon. That first 75 gallon started to leak, 4 days after I started it. LFS said I could keep the live rock in a tote with the water to...
  25. M

    New Tank Cycle Need A HELP :/

    Hello everyone, I am a new guy for salt water tank and I need a little bit help for cycling. I was setup my tank and last monday I added to bacteria which is Prodibio Start Up for 12 pieces (biodigest and stop ammonia). After than I waited the cycling but I never seen any changed on my tank. I...
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