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Finally after 10 years, a new beginning!

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Week one: after leaving a dead mkt prawn and dosing bacteria:

Some ammonia, still no nitrite

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Strange: ammonia dropped a touch, but nitrites still the same...

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Very intricate planning! Looking forward to this thread development

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Totally forgot about nitrates. Just did a test and it seems like it's 50 mg/l. Cycle over in a week?!

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Totally forgot about nitrates. Just did a test and it seems like it's 50 mg/l. Cycle over in a week?!

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Haha don't worry. That's about 5ppm. Reading from the side needs to divide by ten, it's for low measurement. For the standard reading. View colour from the top.

5ml isn't too bad :)

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I find it strange that I didn't see a spike in nitrites....

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How much must ammonia spike for you to feel comfortable with the bacteria population in a tank? I just put a normal sized market prawn into the tank, cut into 5 pieces over a week ago. Now they have disintegrated and decomposed I assume. But ammonia spike only at 0.5mg/l. Maybe for a 5x2x2 I need to put more dead prawns?

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Next batch of tests: slight drop in ammonia, slight rise in nitrite

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Hi everyone,

After a 10-year hiatus, I’m finally getting back into the hobby. I’ve followed many threads on this forum and I am encouraged by how helpful this community is. I’m also amazed at how things have changed over the years in terms of technology, expertise and even exotic tastes, e.g. I never knew what a Picasso clown was until recently.

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Final rockscape: we created a drop off at the center of the tank, going to the bank of the tank. Trying to add some depth to the scape.

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First few livestock: banded sea stars. Probably won't see them much after this

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Couple of Ricordia yumas. Hopefully they will spread and fill up the rock.

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