I have recently taken the step from FW
to Marine and have got the following setup. A 125 litre tank with Eheim Ext filter, Aqau Medic 1000 protein skimmer and Aqua Medic 400 Nitrate reductor. The tank was setup about 5 weeks ago with just salt water (SG1025) and the skimmer. The temperature has always been 26 degrees C. About two weeks later the Eheim external filter was added, and then about 1 week later approx 4 inch of live coral. Yesterday I added about 20Kg of live rock along with the nitrate reductor.
Now I know it is a bit early, but I did a water test this morning, showing Ammonia as 0, but both Nitrate and Nitrate levels where through the roof.
The question is will the bacteria on the rock start to bring down the levels, and if so how long would it normally take. Sorry if I have missed out any crucial info.