Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 12-11-2004, 11:25 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Posts: 2
Send a message via MSN to twocanraf
Nitrite levels still reading 0 during cycle

Hi all,
I'm starting my very first 36 gallons Salt water reef aquarium. I already added Aqua Plus and Cycle, installed power filter, added a Blue Damsel and a Royal Gramma, and 2 hermit crabs. The tank has had the fish for almost a week now and the only readings I get are 0.5 ammonia and 0-5 Nitrate but no Nitrite ever (0) so it's starting to concern me if maybe the tank isn't growing the beneficial bacteria propertly. I havent added any live rocks/corals because I still dont know whether I should wait for the Nitrogen cycle to balance itself out. How long should I wait to add some anemones and sponges? Thank you for your help.
__________________

__________________
twocanraf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2004, 12:43 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: McKinney, TX
Posts: 140
It will take a couple of weeks for the bacteria that consume ammonia and nitrates to catch up with the bio load you have in the tank. Most the bacteria is living and multiplying in the filter media in your power filter. It was a little early to add the fish. Keep an eye on the ammonia & nitrates. If they get any higher, do a partial water change to protect the fish.
Have you added sand yet? Sand will be another place that these bacteria can live and multiply. Where is your live rock coming from?
What kind of lighting system do you have?
__________________

__________________
Steve - DFWMAS
------------------------------------------------
92-gal Corner Bowfront: VHOs,PCs,LR,LS,Sump,Skimmer,Fish,Soft Corals,LPS (Born again 9-04)

29-gal: PCs,LR,LS,Skimmer,Fish,Soft corals (Born 9-04)
No_Floaters is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2004, 07:03 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Posts: 3,294
You need to slow down, adding fish to a new tank is not the best way to cylce a tank. Expecially a gramma. Also unless you get cured Lr your going to have another cycle with the die off from the LR. Do some reading on cycling a tank. I hope it all works out for you.
__________________
9/02-125 REEF, 125 lbs LR,LS 4x160 VHO, Reef Devil /Sump, Fuge
7/03-55 FOWLR 60lb LR, 50 lb SD sand 2x40 NO strip light, Reef Devil/sump, Fuge

TANK PICS http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=98202
seaham358 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2004, 10:19 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Winnipeg,Manitoba,CANADA
Posts: 398
Send a message via MSN to arminkropp
I hated it when my LFS suggested that I use Mollys and Damsels to cycle my tank!!
Talk about being mean and stressing the hell out of your fish! I told him I was planning on using LR or some store bought shrimp and he told me that wouldn't work!
Dumba$$

I'll show him!!! 8)
__________________
arminkropp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2004, 09:38 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Posts: 2
Send a message via MSN to twocanraf
Thank you for the advise. Well, I only performed a partial 5-10% water change yesterday evening so I don't stress the fish too much. Perhaps I'll do the same later today since the ammonia level still reads 0.5. I am testing the water daily for salinity, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. I haven't purchased any sand yet because I started the aquarium with crushed corals which they claimed it was beneficial for the bacteria. I might pick up a bag of sand today. I tried to check the aquarium light but the light bulb doesn't specify the amount of watts it uses but the canister has a label that reads 20 watts... I'm going back to the pet store to find out how much lighting my aquarium is really receiving. The live-rock is already pre-cycled there. Thanks again.
__________________
twocanraf is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cycle, level

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help Reading Levels. Is My Water Really This Clean? theotheragentm Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 4 01-27-2007 01:47 PM
Fishless Cycle Nitrite Levels Tyederian Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 8 01-26-2007 01:55 PM
Nitrates reading before nitrite drops? fishfairy Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 6 08-07-2006 01:43 PM
nitrite reading tmkx3 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 3 03-20-2006 04:10 PM
Crazy Nitrite reading on Betta tank... Punkymom Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 4 09-05-2003 05:09 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:17 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.