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06-14-2012 04:32 AM
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05-18-2012 08:13 PM
vincent201089
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Not to thread jack, but after some testing on my own tanks I still don't believe you can fully cycle a tank with AS in 2 weeks. The Ammonia might be zero which I achieved by cranking the heat up. However, the soil is still leaching. There might be enough BB to convert the Ammonia so the test is showing zero but if you test your Nitrates it will be high because of all the Ammonia still being converted. A fully cycled tank is no longer leaching Ammonia and and the Nitrate creep will be very slow the only Ammonia source will be from the waste.

Yesterday I tested my tank and Ammonia is showing zero. The Nitrates was in the 20-40ppm range. Did a 100% water change with pure RO. 100% as in drained the canister so there is no water in the system. Today the Ammonia is still testing zero but the Nitrate went back up to 10ppm-20ppm. Where did the Nitrate come from? The only source being Ammonia being turned into Nitrite and then Nitrate.
Sorry to hear your lost. My pH was 4.8-4.9 and I had to add some coral rock to bring it up to 5.5 (I took them out already) and now my tank is 5.5-5.6

I let my tank cycle for a month before I added my first shrimps. Fishless, nothing but plants.

Week 1 : 100% RODI
Week 2: more than 50% water change
Week 3: around 50% water change/ Add purigen, Matrix
Week 4: No3 was 0

Before I added purigen/ matrix. No3 was like 20. Few days after adding them, No3 dropped to 0

Week 4 I did the last 10g water change and add my first group. They are doing fine now.
05-18-2012 07:49 PM
madness When I tried to do a slightly less extreme version of the 'fast cycle' I sort of noticed something similar (though I was not as scientific in measuring it).

You can use the method to get rid of the initial 'bulk' of the ammonia release but there is still going to be some sort of extended (not sure how long) small ammonia release. Sort of a small ammonia 'drip' for a while.
05-18-2012 04:33 PM
shrimpnmoss Not to thread jack, but after some testing on my own tanks I still don't believe you can fully cycle a tank with AS in 2 weeks. The Ammonia might be zero which I achieved by cranking the heat up. However, the soil is still leaching. There might be enough BB to convert the Ammonia so the test is showing zero but if you test your Nitrates it will be high because of all the Ammonia still being converted. A fully cycled tank is no longer leaching Ammonia and and the Nitrate creep will be very slow the only Ammonia source will be from the waste.

Yesterday I tested my tank and Ammonia is showing zero. The Nitrates was in the 20-40ppm range. Did a 100% water change with pure RO. 100% as in drained the canister so there is no water in the system. Today the Ammonia is still testing zero but the Nitrate went back up to 10ppm-20ppm. Where did the Nitrate come from? The only source being Ammonia being turned into Nitrite and then Nitrate.
05-14-2012 02:23 AM
h4n Nice!!!

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05-14-2012 12:30 AM
vincent201089
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Congrats!! I also have two berried. And we with got them at the same time. What's the odds!!!

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Just found the 3rd one. Haha, if I'm right, I will have at least 3 more after next molting. Maybe next week or so. LOL
05-14-2012 12:07 AM
h4n Congrats!! I also have two berried. And we with got them at the same time. What's the odds!!!

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05-13-2012 11:52 PM
vincent201089 I have one shrimp that has 2 pattern on its body, one side is tiger and the other is hino. Still no pic yet.

I've noticed my shrimps start dancing like crazy for the last 2-3 days. I got up yesterday and saw 1 fatty eggy "no entry" got berried. She's still shy and hide alot.

1st day when I saw her.


Here are some pics I got this morning
How beautiful she is.









Wait... second mama


I think I would have 1 more in the next few days and maybe 2 more next week when they molt.

Here's the future mama


Some other pics of the daddies






... TB






05-11-2012 06:56 PM
vincent201089 80 would be fine for mosses. Just give them some CO2.
I'm gonna add CO2 again. Fiss turns black w/o CO2. Maybe 1 every 2-3 seconds.
05-11-2012 04:46 PM
shrimpnmoss Ok I just cranked up my temp to 80 to cycle....I hope my moss doesn't die at that temp...
05-10-2012 03:32 PM
sunyang730
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Originally Posted by Chlorophile View Post
I've found the new amazonia to cycle faster, but it may have been unique to my method - temperature at 82-86f and daily water changes to keep ph at 7.6

edit: if you have a good bio population to start with it only takes maybe a week to double to what is needed.
Mine took 2 weeks. I just some Nutrafin Cycle Biological Filter Supplement and it works very well. LOL
05-10-2012 03:25 PM
Max Kenji Looking great Vince!

I agree. The new amazonia cycle much faster, it doesn't release tan anymore. It took me 2 week to cycle with my old 2215 and some other stuffs.
05-10-2012 02:21 PM
vincent201089 It's been 2 weeks since I got them. I see some "old shirt" and they get bigger but...No berried yet. They are doing great. I think they still acclimating to the tank and still too small. Hope they will berried soon.

Those Beni shrimps are really doing great. They are coloring up nicely. I still remembered the first they when I got them, they still small and looked clear. If you go back and look at the pics when I first got them and compare with those I posted yesterday, you will be surprised.

I got 2 SSS+ and nothing to complain, they are so nice, 1 has white leg, the other is still small but so far so good.

I also got 5KK, they are so nice and black, hope they will grow up and give me a lot of babies.

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Nice shrimp!
Thanks. The SSS+ are awesome. Love those KK/panda too.

I put the KK in my breeder box but I felt like they didn't wanna live there, so I put them in my main tank. When they get big, I will put them back to the breeder and let them XXX there.

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I've cycled the old version in two weeks before. I'm on my second bag of the New Amazonia and they've both taken over 6 weeks. They changed the formula for the new stuff it leaches longer.
I've found the new amazonia to cycle faster, but it may have been unique to my method - temperature at 82-86f and daily water changes to keep ph at 7.6
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edit: if you have a good bio population to start with it only takes maybe a week to double to what is needed.
I also think water from other tank, as well as plants or filter media are some of the good sources of bacteria that we can add to new tank. Not sure how much they can do but they will help alot.

Next time I'll try to raise the temp to 83-87 to let the bacteria grow faster.
05-10-2012 03:44 AM
Chlorophile
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Originally Posted by shrimpnmoss View Post
I've cycled the old version in two weeks before. I'm on my second bag of the New Amazonia and they've both taken over 6 weeks. They changed the formula for the new stuff it leaches longer.
I've found the new amazonia to cycle faster, but it may have been unique to my method - temperature at 82-86f and daily water changes to keep ph at 7.6

edit: if you have a good bio population to start with it only takes maybe a week to double to what is needed.
05-10-2012 03:33 AM
shrimpnmoss
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Originally Posted by Chlorophile View Post
I disagree, I have experience cycling aquasoil with some established media in just one week.

Up the bioload for a few weeks ahead of time and it will go even faster.
I've cycled the old version in two weeks before. I'm on my second bag of the New Amazonia and they've both taken over 6 weeks. They changed the formula for the new stuff it leaches longer.
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