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Old 03-28-2006, 10:27 PM   #1
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OK--so my 20g tank has been up&running

for a month now with live rock. When can I start to add some coral? I have nothing in the tank except hermit crabs, a peppermint and some snails.

For some reason Nitrite is still .25 but are not affecting the animals. Should I wait until that goes to zero? All other water parameters are good. And I have lots of water moverment.
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Coral should not be added for several months. Something is rotting and causing the NO3 reading. You need to get that to zero and start with a small fish before even considering corals.
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Thanks for the reply, Brenden. Can't imagine what is rotting. So I should wait a few months? I only want one [1] fish. (Clown)
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For some reason Nitrite is still .25 but are not affecting the animals. Should I wait until that goes to zero? All other water parameters are good. And I have lots of water moverment.
Double check your nitrite reading, but yes, nitrite should be 0 before you add either fish or corals.
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Can't imagine what is rotting. So I should wait a few months?
As reefrunner said retest. If it is still .25 I would think it should zero out in more like a week or so, not months.
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Jsut do a few big water changes then give it a week and do anotehr reading.
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