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Ab129
09/21/2017, 07:31 AM
Started cycle on 8/27. Still waiting for nitrites to come down to zero, which I expect will happen in the next several days. My problem/ question is this,
I will be going on vacation for 10 days starting this Sunday. Can I just leave the tank as is? Do I have to add more ammonia to sustain the bacteria that have already developed?
I am hoping to add fish in 2-3 weeks (from now) and just worried about screwing up the cycle and having to start over.

RobZilla04
09/21/2017, 07:38 AM
Do not add more ammonia once the cycle is completed.

mcgyvr
09/21/2017, 07:43 AM
yep.. No need to add more ammonia..

Ab129
09/21/2017, 08:16 AM
So just leave everything as is ?

mcgyvr
09/21/2017, 09:08 AM
So just leave everything as is ?

What are you doing for freshwater top offs to replace whats evaporated? (the salt doesn't evaporate so you top off with fresh RO/DI water.. just making sure you know that..)..
Got an ATO (auto top off)setup already?

Thats really all you would want to do to ensure salinity stays constant..

Ab129
09/21/2017, 12:33 PM
I've been topping off manually with rodi water every day or two
Someone will be coming over daily to feed my cats so they will top off for me.
I will eventually get an ATO but my next big expenses will be lights and fish, hopefully!

mcgyvr
09/21/2017, 12:46 PM
I've been topping off manually with rodi water every day or two
Someone will be coming over daily to feed my cats so they will top off for me.
I will eventually get an ATO but my next big expenses will be lights and fish, hopefully!

Cool.. Then you are good to go.. Enjoy your vacation!!!

Ab129
09/21/2017, 02:02 PM
Thanks!