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Old 10-07-2004, 12:43 PM   #1
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Worried about NO2 & NO3 level

My live rock arrived yesterday and I put in tank. there was some die-off due to 21 hrs of transit time and poor quality shipping container.
I did water readings this morning and there where some concerns on my NO2 & NO3 level along with ammonia. My protein skimmer it working well. I did a 40% to alleviate this problem. I do think I need to get a better quality test kit.

Does anyone have any suggestions or encouraging comment for my situation?

Can anyone suggest a good test kit for what I need to monitor?



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http://www.graymunchie.net/the_boys_fish.htm
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What you are seeing is the tank cycling. I astually used my LR to cycle my tank before adding any livestock in. I used the LR only. so you will see the normal spkes in NH3 - NO2 - NO3 as it runs through this cycle. However over a few weeks this should stabilise to only trace elements of nitrates and 0 on ammonia and nitrites. So I would start testing for all three every few days and you should gradually see the ammonia disappear, followed by the nitrites and then the nitrates should go down to trace amounts or 0. During this time, you should not do any water changes. Once the cycle is complete, then do a large water change and you are basically ready to go. HTH 8)
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What you are seeing is the tank cycling. I astually used my LR to cycle my tank before adding any livestock in. I used the LR only. so you will see the normal spkes in NH3 - NO2 - NO3 as it runs through this cycle. However over a few weeks this should stabilise to only trace elements of nitrates and 0 on ammonia and nitrites. So I would start testing for all three every few days and you should gradually see the ammonia disappear, followed by the nitrites and then the nitrates should go down to trace amounts or 0. During this time, you should not do any water changes. Once the cycle is complete, then do a large water change and you are basically ready to go. HTH 8)

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