I have a Live DSB
that was purchased from Tampa Bay Saltwater with the LR
The setup/cycle went like this: I was mixed the water, and had it running in the empty tank for about a week.
Then 50 lbs of LR
and the Live Sand was introduced. I watched the tank cycle for about 3 weeks.. I had the expected spike in ammonia, and the expected reduction. I did do water changes to keep the levels at an acceptable level. Once I felt it had "settled down"... I introduced 50 more lbs of LR
, along with the Janitors. I observed another spike in Ammonia, and again did the water changes in attempt to keep everything from going toxic.
The ammonia never has come down to 0... I'm very skeptical about my test kit, and probably should purchase a more accurate one. I'm using the one the LFS
recommended.. (the one with the fish Doctor on the front!)
During the last few weeks is when I noticed the sudden spike in Nitrates...
Which have never seemed to level off. They are constantly increasing.. ..
So 50% water changes have been my solution. I'm just not sure what would cause it.
What are normal symptoms of Nitrate increase?
Thank you for your replys.