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Old 04-04-2005, 02:02 PM   #1
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nitrite level question..

how long after the ammonia levels go down should the nitrite levels take to lower???

10 galllon empty tank with a whisper filter
20 gal SW tank, penguin 330 bio-wheel, redsea berlin airlift protein skimmer, 22 lbs of LR, White sand,
29 gal FW tank, undergravel filter, jaguar, jack dempsey, tiger oscar... few silver dollars, one ugly gourami...
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Old 04-04-2005, 02:47 PM   #2
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Mine took several days, but no one can tell you with 100% accuracy, since all systems are different. Be patient, they'll come down.

30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 04-05-2005, 11:59 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by midiman
no one can tell you with 100% accuracy
Very true. In general terms, ammonia will take 7-10 days to subside once first detected and nitrite can take anywhere from 2-6 weeks. It really depends on how the tank is set up, baterial surface areas available and if any "seeding" materials where added.

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