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Old 03-11-2011, 05:42 PM   #1
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My ammonia drops around 2-3ppm a night down to 1ppm

Salalinity level= 1.024
Nitrite = .5ppm
Nitrate= 80-160ppm


am i close to be able to actually putting fish in? and when will the nitrate go down
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Old 03-11-2011, 06:07 PM   #2
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Noooooooooo!!!!!! Do your nitrates are way high!! They should be below 10 at the highest. If you try to put a fish in it will die in less then a week
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Old 03-11-2011, 06:12 PM   #3
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You should have absolutely no ammonia or nitrItes at all. I'm not sure about the nitrAte range for saltwater, I'm a freshwater girl myself, but yours is excessively high. I agree, any fish that you put in there would get sick best scenario, or die, worst scenario. Either way, any fish in those conditions would be very ill, and would be in a ton of pain. Your cycle isn't finished yet.

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Have you done any research on how a tank cycles????? Because you seem a little under prepared to set up and maintain a saltwater aquarium
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Have you done any research on how a tank cycles????? Because you seem a little under prepared to set up and maintain a saltwater aquarium
I agree.

To the OP: do a lot more research before putting ANYTHING in that tank. Saltwater fish in my understating are pretty sensitive. Don't put any in until your cycle is COMPLETE.

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yeah i was just posting the fact that my nitrites were shrinking i just figured i was half of the way there. i am not a moron i did my research. This is month 1 after beginning my fish-less cycle i am not running to the [moderator edit] store tomorrow to throw some random fish in an un-cycled tank. Furthermore, your not supposed to let your ammonia fall to 0 because then the bacteria have nothing to feed off of. i was simply trying to get an estimation of how much longer i have before my nitrate falls
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Ammonia and nitrites need to be 0. As soon as they are there then do a PWC and that will drop your nitrates down some. If you are talking just putting fish in there you will be OK with nitrates. Just work on it with less feedings and PWC`s and you`ll get it down. Zero is the goal but is not obtainable at the beginning. But with work it can be done.
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Old 03-11-2011, 09:04 PM   #8
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from what i have read everyone states not to let ammonia fall to zero i have been dosing back up just the way the article states.
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I have never herd of doing that.... Just sayin
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I for example used a raw shrimp for my fishless cycle like a lot of others do. While the source is still around giving off ammonia, it should read zero because the bacteria are doing their job converting it to nitrites. And then more bacteria to convert that to nitrates. So yeah, Ammonia and Nitrites 0, then big water change to get the Nitrates down to a level that fish can handle. At that point, slowly add fish to give the bacteria time to adjust to the bioload. Can you give some details, for example, tank size, sand depth, lbs of LR, how much ammonia you are dosing to feed the cycle..etc.
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