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Old 09-17-2012, 02:10 PM   #1
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Are my levels ok?

Been cycling my tank now for 2 weeks and 5 days, i tested my water last night and it read

Ph-7.8-8.0
Ammonia-0
Nitrites-0
Nitrates-5.0ppm
Salinity-1.019

Is my cycling doin good so far?
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:35 PM   #2
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Did you have any kind of a ammo is spike during the cycle?
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:01 PM   #3
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Truthfully i dont kno, at the end of the first cycle i took it to a lfs and they tested it and it was ok, this week that past i baught my own kit and everything is fine and ammonia was at 0 and last night i checked and it was at 0
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What do you mean by "at the end of the first cycle"?
Any reason in particular you have your salinity so low? Natural seawater is 1.026 and that is what you should target.
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Sorry i meant to write at the end of the first week of my cycle, and about my salinity, i had it real high at first where it was at 1.030, so i took out 5 gallons and put 5 gallons of fresh water, and it went down to about 1.021, then i recently did another little water change this time only two gallons and it went down to 1.019, i read in a few diff sites that 1.019 isnt bad if its just fowlr tank and theres no corals, but besides that my other levels are good right? And do i have to have my nitrates at 0 before i add fish or would they be ok with 5.0ppm, im not gonna put anything in yet, im gonna wait another week just to make sure, thanks for your feedback
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As long as nitrates are under 40 it won't hurt your fish. Obviously, as close to 0 as you can keep them is better. I would add an ammonia source to the tank if you're gonna let it sit another week and there's nothing in it. The BB that you have might die off if they have nothing to eat. Just drop in some fish food every couple days and that'll break down and keep them fed.
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As long as nitrates are under 40 it won't hurt your fish. Obviously, as close to 0 as you can keep them is better. I would add an ammonia source to the tank if you're gonna let it sit another week and there's nothing in it. The BB that you have might die off if they have nothing to eat. Just drop in some fish food every couple days and that'll break down and keep them fed.
Whats bb? Im sorry im tryin to learn all the codes lol, and i have live rocks and live sand in there, can i put in the fish now?and what ammonia sourse would u recommend? Thanks
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I always thought it was .023-.025 for salinity.
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...i read in a few diff sites that 1.019 isnt bad if its just fowlr tank and theres no corals, ...
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I always thought it was .023-.025 for salinity.
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Coral reefs are generally located in areas that have salinities in the range of 35 ppt (1.026 SG) to 38 ppt (1.029 SG). Most of our corals, and the associated fauna including fishes, will live best at those conditions (Weber and White 1976). Most organisms, even osmoconformers, can survive for brief periods in salinities well outside their normal range. But if maintained for longer period outside of that range they will be stressed and eventually will become so damaged that they will die even if returned to their normal salinity. Higher salinity is slightly more tolerable to these animals than is lower salinity, and adult animals are more able to withstand the extremes than are the juveniles or larvae.

The bottom line for salinities is simple. There is simply no reason at all to maintain the salinities of our systems below normal reef conditions. All reef inhabitants will suffer damage from prolonged exposure to lowered salinities. Invertebrates kept at low salinities often die within a few days to a few months. Given that corals, sea anemones, sponges and some other invertebrates have no old age or senescence (or to put it another way, they are immortal), low salinities result in a quick death. Some mollusks, crustaceans, and most fish kept at low salinities die of kidney failure; it just takes them longer. A fish which dies in a couple of years in a hyposaline aquarium may have had the potential to live more than 20 years had the salinity been appropriate.
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Whats bb? Im sorry im tryin to learn all the codes lol, and i have live rocks and live sand in there, can i put in the fish now?and what ammonia sourse would u recommend? Thanks
BB=Beneficial Bacteria. The stuff that you need to process the ammonia and nitrite. Any ammonia source will work-If you're thinking of adding something live to the tank next week (as long as your levels are okay), then just throw in a pinch of food every couple days. That'll break down into ammonia and keep the BB alive til you add fish.
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