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Old 07-28-2013, 08:39 PM   #1
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Need some help, I think I'm almost there.

Hello everyone, I'm new here on the site and relatively new to the hobby. I started cycling a while ago (3 months?) and I'm close to finishing up with cycling. Ammonia has been at 0ppm for a bit, nitrites at 0ppm, but nitrates at 80ppm and has been such for probably a week after a water change last week (was at 200+ppm). I'm planning on changing 25-50% tomorrow, I'm hoping that'll be enough to bring it down enough to stock soon. (also, what is a good level to begin stocking?)
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:48 PM   #2
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The lowest you can get it is the best. I like to be at 20ppm or lower on the nitrates.
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If i'm not mistaken, wouldn't it be better to allow the live rock to consume the nitrate to spur the growth of more BB?
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The rock will not convert nitrates. The bb will consume the ammonia and nitrites.

Nitrates are most easily taken out via water changes.
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What size tank is this.
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