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Old 02-02-2020, 12:52 PM   #1
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Fishless Cycling Reef Tank Help Need

ive been cycling a couple of weeks now on a 32 gallon reef tank. my ammonia has dropped to around .5ppm and im dosing up to around 2ppm daily. My nitrites are sitting around 3ppm, and my nitrates have spiked all the way up to 160ppm. This has been steady for a few days now. im not sure what to do. Do I just let this ride out until the nitrites drop? Ive read that having nitrates that high can stall the cycle; so do I do a water change? Any help or advice is really appreciated.
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I personally try to make things as cheap as possible when things are so expensive in this hobby. As long as the lights are off and the nitrates aren't causing algae growth, I wouldn't worry about it at all. Just keep the ammonia at 2ppm. Once you have that and all of the nitrites consumed in a 24 hour period, you're cycled.
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