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Old 01-28-2005, 12:33 AM   #1
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0 Ammo, 0 NO2, ~50 NO3. Ok to add fish now?

Newly cycled tank is at 0-0-50 for Ammo, NO2 & NO3. Am I good to add fish now? TIA
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I would try to lower the nitrates a bit first. Try for <10 but lower is better.
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Based on those test results, that looks like your cycle has completed. Nitrates are sort of the end product, so they are more difficult to lower. They are also much less toxic, though.

So..yes, it sounds to me like you're tank is ready to start adding stuff. Keep in mind that each time you add a fish, imagine you are triggering another mini-cycle process. This keeps you from adding too much..too fast.
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IMO, 50 is a bit high. I would first do a large water change, 20-25% at least.

THEN, you're ready for fish.
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Once a cycle is complete you should do a good water change and then add some fish. I would still recommend QT as my first fish had ick and now my tank is empty for another 6 weeks. The water change should take care of the nitrates being so high.
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Sounds like a good consenus. Water change, QT and a couple of little guys. Thanks all!
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