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Old 09-19-2011, 05:05 PM   #1
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I have a 30 gal saltwater tank for 3 weeks now just added 3 chromis a week ago. levels have been
ph-8.2
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nitrite- .25-.50
ntrate-5.0
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hydrometer is in range
So today i did 20% water change when should i expect levels to come down?
Fish are fine .
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Old 09-19-2011, 05:36 PM   #2
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Are these levels high?
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Old 09-19-2011, 05:43 PM   #3
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Am and Nitrite should be 0 with nitrate bellow 10 before adding fish. Here is a good article you should read if you haven't already.

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Old 09-19-2011, 05:50 PM   #4
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Am and Nitrite should be 0 with nitrate bellow 10 before adding fish. Here is a good article you should read if you haven't already.

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they were at 0 before i added fish. Then i added 3 chromis and levels have been consistent for about a week now just did 20% water change this morning. Levels still didnt change.
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Did you see a spike in the Am and Nitrite while cycling? Looks to me like it started to cycle but wasn't done. Keep up with the water changes to keep all three levels as low as possible but don't add anymore bio load. Once you see that AM and Nitrite stay at 0 and Nitrate has come down (from test done before water changes) give it another week or so and then you should be safe to add more livestock. Just add very slowly to give the BB time to recover. Hope all works out for you.
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+1 .. you need to keep the ammo levels down so the fish don't die...it doesn't take alot to kill them
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trying to get levels back down did a 25% change yesterday and a 50% today still a bit high. patience i guess
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trying to get levels back down did a 25% change yesterday and a 50% today still a bit high. patience i guess
Stick with it. Do the best you can. I would have made the same mistake if I hadn't of been lucky enough to find this site before I got too far into it. Now, just do all you can to keep them comfy and realize that it is going to take you longer to get to a point where you can add the things you want. But, the up side is that gives you time to follow lots of threads on this site and learn from the mistakes of others. LOL Been a HUGE help to me.
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Oh and one more thing occurred to me. Would you LFS or a friend take the fish for a few weeks while you let the tank finish cycling? If so, that would make life a lot better for them. Just a thought.
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I thought i did it right the first time . tank sat 2 weeks and right before i put the 3 chromis in all levels were good. not one person i talked to said anything about cycling tank. Thats why i started with a 30 gal . around xmas im going to do a 75 gal. Better to learn on small tank rather than a big tank. I will get it down just need more time. Thanks for everyones help . Keep info coming please
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