Nitrates in 7week Reef tank

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  1. GianniV

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    I have a 600l , 7 week Reef tank and battling to get my Nitrate levels below zero , is this normal or can I use something to get this sorted out , I want to start adding some corals/anemones etc but to scared to do so, whats your advise .
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    u need to let the cycle finish, what are your ammonia and nitrite levels?
    your tank is way to young for anemones etc
     
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    Ammonia is zero , nitrite is almost zero too , How long will it take for the cycle to remove Nitrates , do you suggest putting anything in at this stage ,Thanks
     
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    once your ammonia and nitrates are zero for a day or 2, you can add a fish, so the bioload can increase etc, also one can add cheato to your sump
     
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    If you still get a nitrite reading then that means that the cycle is not yet completed and therefor you can not add anything to the tank. Once ammonia AND nitrite are 0 then you should start seeing the nitrate dropping. Some people do a large waterchange to get rid of the nitrates but only when the cycle is complete.
     
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    It is natural for your Nitrates to increase towards the end of a cycle, nothing to worry about, what is your Nitrate level at the moment? Anything around 5 is fine in my opinion as some corals require Nitrates.

    Please do not add an Anemone until your tank has matured at least 6 to 9 months.
     
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    The Nitrate levels are between 5 and 10, would I be taking chances to add a clam or two, I added some fish, hermits, snails , stars in during week 4 when the initial cycle was over , I have also added some Star polyps, some Mushroom corals about 2 weeks ago and all the live stock seem to be looking very healthy to me :blush:
     
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    Dont add a clam yet. Get your system stable first. Your nitrates are in order so dont worry. You can add probiotics like Prodibio or Seachem Stability too boost your bio filter if you want to get your nitrates down
     
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    What is your NITRITE reading? You said it was almost 0. The fact that you have stock in there with some nitrite is not good. The fact that you still have a reading is because your bio filtration system is not big enough to sustain the bio load from the tank. I am shocked that you added stock in week 4 of the cycle already.
     
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    Nitrites are reading between 0 and 0.02mg/L
     
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    The nitrites are fine and are not poisonous/harmful to fish. The ammonia is the killer
     
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