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Re: Short cut to cycle tank?

Subject: Re: Short cut to cycle tank?
by EagleC on 3/4/2009 18:43:22

As you've got a clean up crew in there monitor Ammonia, Nitrite and PH every few days. When you get a consistent 0,0,8.0-8.4 for several tests running the tank is ready to start accepting fish. Do things very slowly though and remember with marine its not just bacteria you are culturing in the cycle its a whole range of micro-organisms that will help make the tank a healthy place.

Also test Nitrate to ensure that it is staying low between water changes.

I really wouldn't risk corals in an immature tank, they're too fussy with water quality and if they start to die off they exaserbate the problems.

It is a long wait, but this really isn't something you want to rush.