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Old 06-22-2015, 05:24 PM   #1
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Nitrites & Filter Question

Hi all!

My tank is in it's 5th week and after a week an a half my nitrite levels are still very high (I'm assuming the are at the 5.0 level based of the color chart) I did a 50% water change and the levels are still reading the highest level on the color chart.

My tank doesn't have live rock and I'm curious if I should be adding that to help with bio-filtration.

I also am curious about my filtration in my tank, I'm not sure if I have the best and I'm wondering if I just am not getting the bio-filtration that I need. The gal at the petstore told me to get the magnum penguin 250 (hang on tank) filter and add a powerhead. My tank is crystal clear, just curious if that is correct, I'm finding I didn't get the best advice when I set the tank up and I'm doing more and more research. My tank is 30 gallons, it has several pieces of dried coral and sand.

Thanks!
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Old 06-22-2015, 05:27 PM   #2
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It took my 10g like 3-4 weeks for the nitrites to drop off. Be patient.


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Thanks Caleb! I'm definitely learning patience with this hobby! I appreciate the feedback, I'll relax a little and let it do its thing!
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It took my 10g like 3-4 weeks for the nitrites to drop off. Be patient.


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+1 to this - cycling the tank properly takes a while, but is well worth it!


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Old 06-24-2015, 01:22 AM   #5
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So what did you do for decor in the display? rock has many benefits for saltwater

If you started from scratch it's a 6wk process. Save your $ on water you need to wait for nitrates to do a WC.
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