1. BitFix

    Help with cycling

    I've been trying to cycle my quarantine tank, but I think something is wrong. I've been dosing ammonia in my reef tank for about 1 week, the ammonia is about 5% and the quarantine is about 5 gallons (will only house small fish like clownfish and cardinal bangai). I've been dosing about 1,2ml of...
  2. Cycling a Brand New Reef Aquarium

    Beginner Topic Cycling a Brand New Reef Aquarium

    Macroalgae in a refugium Photo from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of AlexG, © 2018, All Rights Reserved In the beginner section of our forum, there is a sticky on top, written by David Hammontree, that's very very good. The article is called, The Supreme Guide to Setting up a Saltwater Reef...
  3. Lylelovett

    Cycling tank & skimmer start up...

    Happy Sunday everyone! I've got my tank/stand up. Rock and sand is in. Plumbing is done water flowing beautifully. I'm now ready to cycle my tank. I will be using Dr Tim's. When do I start my Bubble Magus A8 skimmer and get it broken in? Do I need to have it broken in BEFORE cycling, or...
  4. shawnriv

    New Cycled Tank - Dead Fish Help!

    Hey Everyone, I recently began cycling my new Red Sea Reefer 350 with live sand, dry rock, bio spira, and did a fishless cycle using Dr. Tim's ammonia. After cycling for about a week and half, my ammonia and nitrite went to zero. I dosed the appropriate amount of ammonia nightly and the after...
  5. ileas12:

    Can I add more fish?

    I added a pair of clownfish to my new 30 gallon tank last week. Ammonia and Nitrite have stayed at 0 and nitrate has remained under 40. Can I add another fish? If yes it would be a watchman goby and shrimp.
  6. Jeremy Lain

    Waiting on reef tank to cycle

    It is day four, I have a piece of a shrimp in there. Its is soooo boring to look at! I'm seeing a little bit of green algae on rocks, does this mean its starting to cycle?
  7. LanM

    New Tank Parameters question. pH on the rise, Ammonia on the rise, only CUC?

    Hello fellas, I'm trying to get a handle on reef chemistry in this 8 gallon system, 7.5lbs of live rock, only half of hwich had considerable coralline algae. I was past the point where ammonia was up, nirtrites were up, then nitrates rose, then 3 days ago everything was testing beautifully...
  8. spyder813

    Cycling test question.

    This is my first API test after a week of cycling the DT 40g. Using Dr. Tim bacteria and ammonia. Do I need to add more ammonia or just leave it like that?
  9. GenericReefer

    What in the heck is happening?! Where is my ammonia going?!

    My cycle completed, and I did a complete water change, the nitrates having skyrocketed. Everything (but the pH..) showed up at zero. Nothing at all. So I added a few drops of ammonia. Ammonia began to read, then faded. But nothing else changed. I've noticed this yellow/peach layer developing on...
  10. Ryan Rioux

    BIO SPIRA experiences ?

    Wondering about other people’s experiences with bio spira!! Do other people have success with it ? How long does it take for them to cycle a tank with it ? What method do you use ? Fish less or dosing ammonia ? Etc
  11. GenericReefer

    Clean Up Crew vs. Clownfish (plus tank update :D)

    Hey Guys! First, there has been a major change in my tank! When my 10 gallon finished it's cycle, I did a complete water change, and transfered everything inside into a 5 gallon aquarium, and everything fits quite snugly. I overall like the look of it, and don't mind the disadvantages of...
  12. S

    Imbalances in 60 gallon

    I have a 60 gallon aquarium with a corner overflow that falls into a 55 gallon sump. It goes through a felt filter sock and I have a protein skimmer in the large chamber. I have about 75 lbs of live rock in the display tank with a less than one inch deep sand bed.i have two suspended...
  13. F

    Question about my cycling tank (ammonia 0, nitrate 0 and nitrite 0)

    Hi to every reef tank lovers. I have a problem with my cycling. Maybe it’s not a problem, but I’ve always been at 0 nitrates, 0 nitrites and 0 ammonia. Don’t worry about the nitrates testing, I shaked the bottle really well. Here is my setup : - 80 gallons tank - 20 gallons sump - My...
  14. GenericReefer

    How a noob is cycling tank

    Hey guys! I set up my saltwater 10g tank, using live sand, Bio Spira, and Dr. Tim's Ammonium Chloride to start. I put a way too much of ammonia, but it's hard to tell the exact ppm. My question is, will I need to do a partial water change after cycling? All of this excess ammonia will be...
  15. Giraffe0621

    Mid-Way through Red Sea Mature Kit, but now adding TBS Live Rock -- do I now stop adding RedSea Kit?

    I just started a brand new tank (Red Sea Reefer 250). I originally was going to use all Marco Rocks & started using the Red Sea Reef Mature Kit (nitrifying/denitrifying bacteria, No3-PO4-X & KH-Coralline Gro) to help start the tank. I'm now on day 8 out of 21. Plans changed slightly & I ordered...
  16. G

    How to set up a Refugium

    I am new to the hobby and have a few questions with regards to the setup. I am setting up a reef aquarium (220 gallons) from scratch. It is set up as an island where you see three sides. The reef aquarium is on the first floor of my house. The basement houses the Sump (150 gallons) which is...
  17. Curryb15

    Let's see those cycling tanks

    Far to often you get to see these beautiful tanks showcased (As they should be ) , this might give the false impression that anyone can have a reef like that in just a few months. The purpose of this thread is to highlight the tank uglies and to show what it really takes to achieve a beautiful reef
  18. S

    Cycle question

    i set up a nuvo 10 about 2 weeks ago, I now have lots of brown algae everywhere, I tested the nitrate nitrite and ammonia and all are saying 0. Does this mean I'm done my cycle? Or has it yet to start? I'm unfamiliar with cycling because on my last tank I used bio spira and didn't have a cycle...
  19. Holy_makerel

    LaCl cycling of rock. WC questions.

    I've been soaking some rock in freshwater for 3 weeks or so and finally got some LaCl to help get phosphate out. Rock is soaking with a powerhead for circulation. I added the first dose of the LaCl. As expected the water clouded up and within about 24 hours it cleared up. My question is should...
  20. Steven91

    Filling and cycling

    Hey fellow reefers, I am about to start filling my 120 gallon tank and 30 gal sump, I am going to be using sugar grain size sand as I want to have a sand shifter eventually. What is the best way to fill the tank: Filling the sump and then tank or Filling tank and letting it overflow to sump...
  21. Narzyzz_12

    Adding Dry Rock to an established system

    The deal is that I have a piece of live rock with coral encrusted on it but it's also plagued with algae and aiptasia.So what I think ill do is take it out try to frag the encrusters. And replace it with a piece of dry rock.How should I go about doing this?Should I cycle the rock in a separate...
  22. Sammi Mi

    New Tank setup

    Hi! My name is sammi, new to this hobby. I've done a lot of research over the past few months prior to even buying anything. Got the tank started last week, water, live sand, all equipment (canister filter, protein skimmer, power heads, heater, etc...) Finally bought some live rock today and got...
  23. Chase89

    New aquarium guidance

    I have a 72 gallon aquarium and I want make sure that it's done right. I've used reef saver rock and live pink Fiji live sand. I've also put bio-spira in it to make sure I have the right bacteria growing. I've been watching my PH, ammonia, nitrites and nitrates, calcium, phosphate and KH...
  24. ScubaSteve4Life

    Anyone used Red Sea's mature pro kit ?

    I just put in all my water for my new tank. Do I run my powerhead even when the sand isn't settled? Also, has anyone used Red Sea mature pro kit? I am using it to cycle my tank. I have a skimmer to use during the cycle but do I use my canister filter too? Or would that be filtering too much of...
  25. Biznizface

    Cycling and Aquascaping fears

    Hi, Have had my upgrade which is a TMC signature 900 cycling for 6 weeks now. 5 of those weeks I was away in Asia but a friend kept eye on the tank. I used some established live rock from a smaller tank which i put in the sump and some new live rock from my LFS which I attempted to putty...
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