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Old 11/09/2017, 06:32 PM   #26
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I wouldn’t even bother testing nitrates until u have 0 nitrite. Nitrite can make the nitrate test have false results.

As far as Dr tims, I’ve used it & biospira & they both had similar results. I don’t think they sped up my cycle overall. What they did was process the ammonia to nitrite rather quickly so I had 0 ammonia. Nitrite would stay high for 2 to 4 weeks & the overall cycle still took 30 to 45 Days. After my results I assumed the reason they say u can add fish so quickly is because it’s processes the ammonia to nitrite quickly & nitrite isn’t really toxic in saltwater at the levels we see.

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Old 11/10/2017, 08:56 AM   #27
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I️ cycled my last build with Dr. Timís and it took about 8 days. 100% dry rock and Carib-sea Ocean Direct Sand. On my previous builds I️ cycled with a dead shrimp and it took about a month. So while it doesnít happen as quickly as their marketing suggests, I think it definitely works. And I️ like that you can add a bottle down the road if you pull some rock out and you see your bio filter not working as efficiently anymore.

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Old 11/10/2017, 09:27 AM   #28
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On a previous tank build with dry rock, dry sand, and Dr. Tim's, it took over 12 weeks for my nitrites to go to 0 within 24 hours. On my current build, also with dry rock, dry sand, and Dr. Tim's, I'm at 7 days and ammonia has not come down to 0 from the initial dose of 2 ppm.

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Old 11/10/2017, 09:54 AM   #29
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I️ think i have to try this. I have a new build that I think is too sterile. After 2 weeks, all tests 0. So I started adding flake food everyday. After a month everything is still 0. I️ just added a cube of mysis a couple days ago and have not tested. If it is still 0, i will get a bottle of dr Tim’s. I️ don’t remember ever cycling a tank this long and was thinking my tank would be ready by now. I️ want the tank cycled by thanksgiving.

I just checked, everything is still 0.

how long exactly do flake food and mysis shrimp take to decay? I doubt the tank is completely 100% bacteria free even with new rock and sand.

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Old 11/10/2017, 10:52 AM   #30
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checking amazon, is it Dr Tim's One and Only for Reef?
or is there another product?

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Old 11/10/2017, 06:46 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by d0ughb0y View Post
checking amazon, is it Dr Tim's One and Only for Reef?
or is there another product?
That's it

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Old 01/09/2018, 03:36 PM   #32
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I used 100% dry pukani rock and was ready for CUC within a week. It definitely worked for me, and I've cycled quite a few tanks the old fashioned way.
BRS dry Pukani by any chance and if so did you measure the phosphates? Everything I've read with regards to the Pukani rock is that it is really great stuff but has a noticeable phosphate issue. Dr. Tim's solution doesn't recommend running filters, media, or skimmers during the initial dose. So if the rock has a phosphate problem little you can do I would think until you can start media or water changes.

Then again I'm not too keen on water changes to reduce phosphates. To me it seems like a lot of work and money for little change. Figured I'd ask because I'm starting this process over the weekend. I have 150 pounds of it coming so just now setting up my game plan...


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Old 01/09/2018, 04:37 PM   #33
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Cycled mine with dr Tim’s and wrote a thread on it worked for me . It was just everything else I messed up

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