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Old 04-11-2013, 09:56 AM   #1
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Tank has been cycling with live sand and live rock for 2 weeks now and I must say nitrates are around 20 ppm, and ammonia is around a trace! Could I introduce some damsels to the tank?

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Old 04-11-2013, 10:14 AM   #2
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Although that is safe, they could survive at 20ppm, its better to wait.
I dont think your cycle is over yet and other things have yet to spike.

I usually wait a month no matter what.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:27 AM   #3
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What else needs to spike!
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:11 PM   #4
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Nitrites. Check them too.
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Nitrites. Check them too.
Don't have a test for that so I'm going buy one and what should the levels be. I have some microbe lift to remove nitrites.
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Not sure why you would add a product for removing nitrites when you can't test for it? I would also suggest you stay away from damsels, they can be pretty mean and will limit your other livestock choices...
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:37 PM   #7
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The fact that you nitrates are climbing means you have some nitrite eating bacteria.

Ammonia -> Nitrite -> nitrate

The cycle is complete once ammonia AND nitrite levels are at 0.

Damsels are evil SOBs. Pretty, but pretty evil
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