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Old 12-22-2013, 08:02 PM   #11
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So an update to my previous post. I added a single shrimp in a stocking and left it in my tank for 48 hours. When I checked my readings I still had 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite but finally saw a small nitrate level (5-10ppm). Hourah my tank has probably been cycled all this time I have no purchased my first few fish. To start we got a yellow tang and 2 clown fish. I did a test 24hrs after introducing the fish and I have a reading of between 15-20ppm. I know the idea with saltwater is to have as low of nitrate as possible. I also know that it takes time for the tank to adjust to the higher ammonia levels from the new fish and that weekly 25-30% water changes will also bring down the nitrate levels. I just have a few questions now:

- What is considered an unsafe level of nitrate?
- How long should I wait before introducing more fish?
- Is there any fish I should avoid mixing with my current fish?

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Old 12-23-2013, 04:00 AM   #12
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Newbie waiting for cycle

What is considered an unsafe level of nitrate?

Mines was sitting between 20-40ppm for a while with no setbacks. That being said you should still strive to keep it as close to zero as possible. You get more leeway with your nitrates in a fish only system, reef not so much. I finally added a HOB skimmer and it took my nitrates down to less than 5ppm.

- How long should I wait before introducing more fish?

Seeing as you added 3 fish at one time I'd wait a few weeks before adding anything else so you don't overwhelm your system.

- Is there any fish I should avoid mixing with my current fish?

Definitely stay away from more tangs. Live Aquaria has a compatibility guide that's worth checking out.
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I agree with waiting a few weeks before adding a new fish.

I do however have some bad news about your choice in fish

Yellow tangs need a 100g tank minimum which gives 6ft of tank length for swimming space. This is an important amount since tangs will get stressed out if they don't have enough swimming space which will quite often lead to an early death
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:41 AM   #14
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And don't use tap water. ro/di won't break the bank, just your back.
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Old 12-24-2013, 04:34 PM   #15
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Ok thanks for the advise. I will definitely wait a few weeks before introducing any more fish. As far as the tang requiring a 100 gallon tank that is really too bad and I really wish my LFS would have told me that ahead of time, especially since I explained the size of tank I had. At least now I know to do more research ahead of time instead of simply trusting what they tell me.

The yellow tang seems to be doing well although compared to the clown fish seems to be much more timid when I approach the aquarium. It also does not seem to come up for the good an instead seems to feed off of the live rock. Is this normal?

As far as Ro/Di water would you recommend purchasing it or buying a system to do it from home?

Thanks again,
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Old 12-24-2013, 05:18 PM   #16
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Either buy the water keeping in mind that you are relying on the provider to have changed the filters in their water system recently .
As for mixing .
Depends on what you are stocking .
Fish are ok with lower saline but
All the oceans are 1.026 SG or 35 ppt
For only 2 bulb fixture , I am having a hard time thinking of what kind of corals they would have kept .
My 75 gal I have 6 bulb t5 HO fixture and that is barely enough for some of the corals
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