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Hi All! I’m currently on day 9 of cycling my new tank with Dr Tims one and only and Dr Tims ammonia. At first my ammonia was reading 8ppm but as of yesterday is now reading 2ppm. I have done a water change on Sunday and added a bottle of api quick start to make sure I haven’t killed all the new bacteria.. and some stability. I have also moved over 90% of my live rock over from my existing tank. My current parameters are ph 8, ammonia 2ppm, nitrite 0.5-1, nitrates 10. My question is am I on the right track? If yes or no what do I need to do?
 
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Hi All! I’m currently on day 9 of cycling my new tank with Dr Tims one and only and Dr Tims ammonia. At first my ammonia was reading 8ppm but as of yesterday is now reading 2ppm. I have done a water change on Sunday and added a bottle of api quick start to make sure I haven’t killed all the new bacteria.. and some stability. I have also moved over 90% of my live rock over from my existing tank. My current parameters are ph 8, ammonia 2ppm, nitrite 0.5-1, nitrates 10. My question is am I on the right track? If yes or no what do I need to do?
If you moved over live rock you didn't need any bacteria. You can start with adding stuff now.
 

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this cycle has been fixed here


its a skip cycle change water, stop testing with those kits, begin. no bottle bac was needed, no ammonia, but since those were added already thats no harm either.


change water, begin reefing, world's easiest solved cycle.

also post the full tank shot please, we're looking for degree of cured live rock and placement in the flow path within the display. anywhere above 15 or so pounds will skip cycle for any known bioload in reefing.
 
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this cycle has been fixed here


its a skip cycle change water, stop testing with those kits, begin. no bottle bac was needed, no ammonia, but since those were added already thats no harm either.


change water, begin reefing, world's easiest solved cycle.

also post the full tank shot please, we're looking for degree of cured live rock and placement in the flow path within the display. anywhere above 15 or so pounds will skip cycle for any known bioload in reefing.
thats good to know! What percentage water change are we speaking? I did the first water change 2 days ago, should I be doing another?
 
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Hey! Im going to be keeping mixed corals and sps eventually
Ok. I personally like to cycle for at least a month before putting anything in, but everyone is different. I like to get the ugly phase over with before stocking with coral. Even with live rock and bacteria, a new tank may get diatoms and various algae before it settles down. Sps usually require at least 6-8 months of the tank running in my experience. Good luck!
 
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Ok. I personally like to cycle for at least a month before putting anything in, but everyone is different. I like to get the ugly phase over with before stocking with coral. Even with live rock and bacteria, a new tank may get diatoms and various algae before it settles down. Sps usually require at least 6-8 months of the tank running in my experience. Good luck!
Yeah you are spot on! Patience with sps
 

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for a quick self study, 15 mins tops, on updated cycling science/skip cycling see this easy read


it's all we study there, no other form of cycling, that's 100+ skip cycle reefs as sublinks to establish a pattern for you and similar setups.


post your full tank shot here, so we can see your rock layout. not the misreading test kit levels, the pic of the tank.

the bottle bac and ammonia you added don't matter. its the equivalent of doing five oil changes back to back in a car. one oil change every 3k is plenty good. the extras don't help.

you aren't changing water due to backed up ammonia, that's a misread.

you're changing to lower algae incidence coming up, so change any % you want. you specifically do not have ammonia as your kit reads, its in the hundredths ppm nh3 tops and likely the thousands ppm nh3 given what we know about skip cycles. you may be surprised to read me typing that api and red sea can misread on fully running reefs as an impending crash/not cycled but if you search out the threads for yourself you'll see: nobody's fish are dying. it's always perfectly normal looking reefs, tank pics, and only 1 misreading test kit that isn't a seneye. in every post of a failed cycle. every one.
 

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