Help Cycling A Tank With Red Sea Reef Mature Pro

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schmartiepantz

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I need help with what to do next because my parameters aren't at all where they're supposed to be.
I'm at day 10 cycling and according to the instructions my parameters should be:
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 10

My parameters are:
Ammonia 0.5
Nitrite 4
Nitrate between 50 and 100

I am using salifert test kits.

They suggest adding a CUC around day 10, but as you can see that is not possible in my case.
So, what do I do now?
 

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Truth be told, these so called short cut products for cycling are generally snake oil. The only real way to short cut the cycle is to get established/cycled live rock from another tank and transport it in saltwater to your tank and then put it in. The idea that a product can supposedly cycle a tank in 10 days without using established live rock just isn't realistic. Are you using live rock or dry rock? I generally tell people to plan on 30-60 days for the cycle to happen depending on the method used. To me what you are seeing is just a standard 10 days in cycle. Just leave it and be patient and it will do it's thing in a few weeks.
 
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