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Old 03-05-2013, 02:13 PM   #1
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Additional live rock

I have a biocube 14 that has been cycling for 3 months. I have one blue damsel, one xenia, one Kenya tree, and a couple of mushrooms and zoas, plus a clean up crew. Everything seems to be running good. Water parameters are great except nitrates are at 30. I'm thinking its the end of the cycling period. I do have some green hair algae on the top rock.

I was wondering if it would be alright to get another live rock or two to place on the top of my already live rock. I want to do this so my xenia and Kenya can climb up this rock. Would this be alright to do, or does this start the cycling period all over again?

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3 months is an awfully long cycle. Did you test throughout? For such a small system I probably wouldn't add more, can you find cured live rock? Or cure it yourself? That would be safer. Do a big PWC to bring hose nitrates down, how often are you feeding?
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If it's uncured live rock, you may have a mini cycle. if it's base rock or cured live rock, you should be fine.

If your ammonia and nitrites are both zero, but your nitrates are that high, I suggest you do a water change to try and bring them down. In a reef, anything higher than 10 ppm is ause for concern. Soft corals will tolerate nitrates better than other corals, but 30 is pretty high. I'd strive for 5 ppm or less.
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Nitrates

Yeah, I tested throughout, since day one. This is the highest for my nitrates. And I did remove the bio lass in chamber 2. I have been doing about 2water changes a week--30 percent changes. With distilled water.
I feed my damsel 4-5 flakes a day. I feed the corals brine shrimp. Maybe to many of them die. Would that effect my nitrates.

Any advice to bring the nitrates down.

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