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Old 12-10-2011, 05:59 PM   #1
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When to get inverts?

My tank has been cycled for about a week now and am wondering when it would be safe for me to get some snails and hermits? I am getting a Diatom issue and would like to have some inverts to handle it before it gets out of control. I would think that if i got my nitrates down with a large water changes the inverts would be ok.
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Is your ammonia 0 yet?
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:58 PM   #3
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ammonia - 0 Nitrite - 0 Nitrate - 10-15
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Old 12-10-2011, 11:02 PM   #4
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Yah water changes will deff help but i wouldnt trust putting anything in there until all at 0 because if they die u gotta find them and flush them or it could restart your cycle, it happened to my dads freind
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Old 12-11-2011, 01:25 PM   #5
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I have never had a tank with all 0's you always have nitrates thats why water changes are needed.
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Wow well im sure u have more exp then me my tank isnt set up yet
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But im sure they are close to zero right?
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:18 PM   #8
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I have never had a tank with all 0's you always have nitrates thats why water changes are needed.
A tank with enough liverock that isn't overstocked will have 0 nitrates. Mine has been 0 for almost a year now.

If your showing no signs of ammonia and nitrates, you should be good for hermits and snails. If your looking to get a bunch, reefcleaners offers packs at a good price. Try to keep nitrates low. If it doesn't go to 0 eventually, you might need more LR.

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Old 12-11-2011, 08:48 PM   #9
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well im new to saltwater but I have never heard of Nitrates beings Zero in anything other then a planted tank, My hightech planted tank has a LOT of plants on it and the plants consume all the nitrate but i didnt think they could be 0 in a SW tank, I mean i can keep them below 10 and i cant see why that wouldnt be ok
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Below 10 is fine for most fish and inverts. Corals usually need close to 0 though.

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