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  1. 10 hours ago, ericd000 said:


    Good to know that on the temps.  I'd read (curse you internet!!!!) that wasn't the case, but possibly that's specific to the strains that Dr Tim's uses.  


    I ended up cycling with Turbo Start from Fritz because I'd wasted come money on ordering Dr Tim's too early for my build... twice, and I was able to get the Turbo Start on short notice locally :P


    Ammonia is slowly going down. 

    I'm starting to wonder if I have enough surface area for the bacteria... Trying not to over think this. 

  2. 2 hours ago, ericd000 said:

    Typically I think you want it to be between 1-2ppm ammonia for fishless cycling with most bacteria in a bottle. Any higher than that, you are wasting money, as the bioload won't sustain the bacteria colonies and may lead to a collapse as you slowly add fish, and trigger a mini-cycle, stressing stuff out further.  

    I think you are good on this one, so long as you are patient with the cycle.  Adding more ammonia now might just prolong it.

    Are you testing Nitrites/Nitrates to see if the ammonia is being converted?


    Amazon or BRS for Dr. Tim's Ammonium Chloride if you need it for cycling a tank down the road. 


    Some people claim they were ready for fish in a week with Dr Tim's and other products.  It took me about 3 weeks before I was sure my nitrites/nitrates were in line, but I had over 500 gallons of water and nearly 300lbs of rock with 200lbs of sand.  



    I emailed Dr.Tim and talked to him and he said the highest heat the bacteria can withstand is 130-140° so even with our wonderful Louisiana heat the bacteria can still survive. 


    I picked up some Bio spira (spelling)

    And added it to the tank to see if it would help any. I also ordered some Marine pure to put in the sump. Only reason I got those is because the wife got a bunny yesterday ?

  3. Update on the driver for the S2 return pump. It works haha. I didn't know you had to put in the WiFi chip so was running it for a few days with out it in and wondering why my W light wasn't on... They even let me keep my old driver which is nice! 


    Ammonia is still around 1.5PPM. I'm honestly thinking that the bottle of bacteria I ordered got ruined in Louisiana heat. So going to call Epic and see if they have any and if not call the other 2 LFS here (puke) and see if they have any. 

  4. 9 hours ago, ericd000 said:

    How about an update? :)


    She's chugging along. Ammonia is still high, but since I'm BB I figured that's what it is.So waiting for that to finish before I add in a tang... Idk what's going to come first the tang (yellow eye kole, my LFS is having a hard time finding them.) or the ammonia to drop ?.


    Rodi is working really well, skimmer has a mind of its own and drops the water level inside of the skimmer so in turn I have to adjust it which then my ATO kicks on and dumps fresh rodi water into the sump (I have to learn to turn it off before messing with the skimmer) 

    Heater is working really well with the ink bird controller tho I have it in Fahrenheit so it drops 1° before it turns on. My two RODI flood Guardians are worth their weight in gold and then some! 


    There's more small things I want to order but have been told no ?