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Just a few pics of my aquascape so you guys know what i'm looking at! The pic of the sand bed is just to show the colour it is turning.
Hope you like it!

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Hmm, not so good then.

I suspect that you have kicked off the original cycle, built up bacteria to convert ammonia to nitrite, then nitrite to nitrate, but then as the tank wasn't fed, it'll have died.  What nitrate you had has not been processed any further, or at least some of it remains.  Now you're feeding the tank again, there is ammonia present (as some will have come from the bacteria that died off), which will restart the cycle.  You just need to wait it out.  You should feed the tank daily, and you'll see the standard cycle:
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Reply #2

hi mate and welcome,  cycling sadly can take alot of weeks. patience is the key. Leave the tank for a week or 2 and keep testing to see how the levels change. as the nitrate levels start to rise and the ammonia / nitrite start to drop you can do a water change.

just to check you have everything running yes (power heads, Skimmer, heaters etc.)

Keep patient and great work for asking questions and not dumping chemicals in. you will reap the rewards later !!!

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Hello , welcome

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Hmm, not so good then.

I suspect that you have kicked off the original cycle, built up bacteria to convert ammonia to nitrite, then nitrite to nitrate, but then as the tank wasn't fed, it'll have died.  What nitrate you had has not been processed any further, or at least some of it remains.  Now you're feeding the tank again, there is ammonia present (as some will have come from the bacteria that died off), which will restart the cycle.  You just need to wait it out.  You should feed the tank daily, and you'll see the standard cycle:


When I set the tank up I put everything in what came with it as I thought it was the correct thing to do, do you recomend keeping them in or pulling them out?
I have 1 bag of Ceramic Rings (noodles I think) and one bag of bio-balls just dropped in one of the back chambers under my skimmer.

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Reply #5

I'm not really sure about those things...never had them, just liverock and sand.

@Marty and others have it and might offer some advice.

I imagine it's much the same in that it's just a substrate for bacteria to grow on.  In which case, I'd say leave it in and let it cycle.
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Reply #6

In my opinion loose both the bio balls and ceramics you are far better of with a sintered glass media like biohome.

Bio balls will just collect gunk over time.

I have 10 kilo of biohome ultra maxi media in my sump and I also use to use it when freshwater.

The good thing is you can just plonk it in as it leaches absolutely nothing and comes with no nasties it's not the cheapest but you get what you pay for.

I will soon be altering my middle chamber to have even more biohome I'm going to add another 30 kilo and stack them all in rows so neat as my sump is due a vac out so will do it all then you can never have to much biological media in my opinion.

My system volume is around 800L and I should imagine I currently have 100 kilo of live rock and 10 kilo of biohome which will soon be 40 kilo so I will have a lot more media then specked at the normal 1 kilo per 10L but it helps water quality no end.

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Last Edit: Mar 30, 2016 9:07:48 am by Gavin87

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Reply #8

@marty I have the same tank as Gavin - Kent bio reef 95l - been running a couple of months now. I was advised at the beginning to take everything out of the back chambers apart from the heater and skimmer. I have approx 11kg of live rock.  We just have a small part of the sponge media it came with to stop the weir running too fast (which we wash out weekly).  How much of the media you suggested should I have then?

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Reply #9

Found this supplier @Gavin87  Biohome Ultimate 1kg

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@marty I have the same tank as Gavin - Kent bio reef 95l - been running a couple of months now. I was advised at the beginning to take everything out of the back chambers apart from the heater and skimmer. I have approx 11kg of live rock.  We just have a small part of the sponge media it came with to stop the weir running too fast (which we wash out weekly).  How much of the media you suggested should I have then?

@Marty - can you help me out if I should have this biohome - thanks :)

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What help do you need :)


Edit just seen your above post it depends how much space you have as I'm not familiar with the space you have on that tank I would personally get as much in there as possible :)

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Reply #12

Well it was in response to your reply to Gavin about the back chambers of the bioreef 95l which is the same as mine - I was advised to take everything out apart from the skimmer and heater which is what I did and been running like that for 2 months. However from your reply to Gavin, looks like I should have some bio medium in there?  Just wondering how much of the biohome I should have for my size tank with 11kg of live rock?  Thanks

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Reply #13

Replying at same time. Ok thanks :)

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Reply #14

As above I would get in there as much as you can as you can never have to much biological filtration it may be worth looking at the biohome mini if space is tight as you will be able to get more of that in :)

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