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Old 08-20-2015, 03:47 PM   #1
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Quick cycling question

After adding my live rock my nitrite and nitrate levels went through the roof (highest reading on api tests). Assuming no harm in doing a water change to bring it down a bit? Also, I've been using RO/DI water so didn't see any point in using water conditioner. Should I be adding Prime to my tank to help soften the blow for whatever may have survived on the live rock - or is adding a chemical like this frowned upon in a reef tank? p.s Fishless cycle.


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There isn't any need to do a water change during a cycle. Just wait it all out until you have no ammonia and nitrite readings then do water changes to lower the nitrates to 0. You can then add a fish or two. There isn't any reason to use prime or anything else, just sit back and be anxious for your cycle to finish.

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here is a link about saltwater cycling it should help you understand everything you need to know about cycling.

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