Where Am I In The Cycling Process?

emilyk

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Hi! We have converted our 30 gallon cube into a saltwater tank. It has been set up with live sand and API Quick Start for a few weeks now. I got the API Saltwater test kit today and the levels are as follows:

PH: 8.1
Ammonia: .50
Nitrite: slightly above 0 but below .25 ppm
Nitrate: just below 5.0

I will continue to test until ammonia and nitrite are zero but is there an estimate on how long that will take?

Thank you!
 

Jesterrace

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A few things here, I would quit using chemicals during the cycling process. Very few live up to their claims when it comes to saltwater tanks and they can often hinder the natural cycling process of the live rock (I assume you have live rock or dry rock in the tank, if you do, stop what you are doing right now and get some as that is the biological filter needed for a healthy saltwater tank?). Second, API tends to be the go to for Freshwater (because there aren't a ton of comprehensive kits for freshwater), but in Saltwater there are so many better options that will serve you better in the long run. This video gives a breakdown of why test kits like Red Sea, Salifert, etc. are better options:


 
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Wild Bill

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For now your API will be fine. It’s a good starter kit but their nitrate test is not as accurate as some others but it will get you cycled just fine. Your coming along.

The quick start is for starting the cycle with fish in.
 
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