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Old 02-20-2012, 01:34 PM   #1
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Damselfish-What kind of ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite readings should I aim for?

"Low" seems to be the general answer. I don't honestly know what low is. I'm starting my first Fish-Only saltwater tank, and I'm about to put water in. In a couple weeks, I'm going to take my water in for testing to my dealer and add my first fish.
I researched damselfish, and learned to aim for the following:
Temp: 72-78 F
Gravity: 1.017-1.018
pH: 7.5-8.3

But when it comes to ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite, what should I look for? Is a 6 considered low, or a 2?

Thanks in advance!
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The salinity is low usually no lower than 1.020 to 1.025, the ph should be 8.1 to 8.4, The ammonia should be kept at 0 as well as the nitrites, nitrates you want to get them as low as possible 0 is best but usually .05 is what maximum but since you are doing a fish only this site says 10 to 40 Marine aquariums: Nitrates

What size tank are you getting and do please read the article on cycling before you start.
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Ammonia Nitrite Nitrate should all be zerooo
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I have a 29 gal tank that I've just started filling today, thanks so much for the link!
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