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Old 03-24-2007, 12:36 AM   #1
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20 gallon long NANO

Ok, thanks in advance to everyone who responds. Im a longtime researcher of saltwater and this is my 2nd time setting one up as Ive been in college the past few years. Onto my question. I just setup my nano a few weeks ago, 3-4 and my nitrates are a little high. I have 18 lbs of LR, 25 lbs of normal marine sand, 50/50 Coralife Power compact $90 if that helps, 30 inches and a sponge filter for bio filtration just for cycling purposes. My ammonia is 0, nitrites VERY low, almost untracable, and nitrates around 10 ppm.

Ive noticed that there is a brown algae starting to grow on the back of the tank but my sponges and xenia are doing just fine. should i add in a fish so my bacteria dont start dying off? is it my light creating this. ive done one water change so far. help please.

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oh yeah, the emperor 400 will also be used, just not included right now. any suggestions on improving my tank. any and all help appreciated
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Your tank is still cycling. Nitrites at any level is leathal. You should not have any fish or corals or xenia in your tank right now. Read this article

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I agree, but it sounds like you are at or near the end of the cycle. Once you are not seeing any nitrItes, do a decent sized PWC to reduce the nitrAtes.
The brown algae sounds like a diatom bloom, perfectly natural in a cycling tank. Ack, I just reread, you might want to think of doing a PWC to remove the nitrItes. This could prolong the cycle a little longer. I also agree, do not and anymore critters to your tank.

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