New tank, Dr Tims Ammonium Chloride and Seachem Stability cycle?

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    Randy Holmes-Farley Reef Chemist Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Expert Contributor

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    Looking good.

    FWIW, nitrate might be lower than the kit reads. In many kits, a little nitrite can mean a false high nitrate reading.
     

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    Thank you! It turned purple right away but I read a post where if immediately turns purple it would turn green and off charts after 5 minutes but that didn't happen as you can see.

    So no more bacteria or ammonia correct? What's next? I haven't cycled a tank in 10-12 years and that was with live rock
     
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    I'd watch till nitrite declines, although the nitrite is not that important.

    Then if you want to be conservative, hit it with a second ammonia shot to be sure it declines quickly Then you are done. :)
     
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    Perfect, so maybe a 2ppm ammonia and see if zeros out in 10-12 hours? Then a 5-10% water change to reduce nitrate?

    My daughter will be so happy to have some clowns haha. Told her hopefully before Christmas and looking good!

    Appreciate the advice and help
     
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    2 ppm ammonia is good, but it might not be that fast. :)
     
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    Ok, no rush...going out of town for Christmas so shooting for when I get back for fish (only 2 days out of town though but still!)
     
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    Looks like time for a small ammonia dose

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    Added 80 drops of Dr Tims Ammonium Chloride 2 days ago, feel like I barely see any nitrate spike though.....add more A/C or a fish now?

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    Don't worry about seeing nitrate. I think you can add a fish. :)
     
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    Thanks!!! 1 last question, prob won't add fish until the 26th or 29th. Should I keep dosing to keep the bacteria alive?
     
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    Time for a water change, got 2 clowns on Saturday and one was acting funny today. Swimming at top, Dosed prime and all was well so far, nitrates seem high around 10 ppm.

    Thinking 10% wc/4 gallons.

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    All seems well today, held off on the wc to keep bacteria going. Brown algae starting so need small cuc.

    Fish seemed starving when I feed them, light feedings though to reduce waste. Surprised at the local petco stock where I get clowns vs lfs stock/health.

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    3 turbos 4 blue legged hermits in today
     
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