Tank Readings

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  1. CJT

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    Hi Guys

    My test readings are as follows:

    Nitrite is 0.02
    Nitrate is 5
    my salinity is just under 1022
    Are these fine?
     
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  3. Annoying

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    Looks fine to me, would bring the salinity a bit up to 1.024 but that's just me. How old is your tank at the moment?
     
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    I have had it for 1.5 months but when I bought it I brought I used around 200 litres of the old water etc and the same sand etc.
     
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    I guess the initial cycle is then almost finished. Enjoy:yeahdude:
     
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    Thanks Annoying I am enjoying this very much.
     
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    Get the salinity up without question, 1.024 or so would do it
     
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    I tested my Nitrate this morning it is sitting at 15 mg/l how do I get it lower as I think thats too high.
     
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    I take it you bought an existing system and moved it over to your spot...it is normal for the system to spike in the wrong direction...the readings you gave is quite normal and depending on the filter ability/ maturity... it could take 30 up to 90 days to settle and function to its full capacity...

    the nitrates will come down...it’s the nitrites you should keep an close look at and as this comes down your nitrates will as well...

    have the ammonia levels checked as well as these two is fish killers...

    as already mentioned by Annoying get the salinity up a bit and be patient things will come Wright...rather wait it out a view more weeks than to rectify the nitrate levels with a quick fix and the other parameters is still not sorted...

    this way you will see if the system is doing its job to cope with the nitrite/nitrate cycle or not...and how long it takes will give you a good indication on future maintenance should any spikes appear again you will know what to do...i.e., ( wait the system will rectify itself or... WHAT NOW HELP??? you need to do quick fix as you don’t know if your system can cope with stress)
    this is what I do and I have moved my setup 5 times in the last 6jr ...and every time the system proves itself to work as it should...
     
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    how often do you do feedings..?and how much at a time?
     
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    Thanks Jacoc

    I tested the Nitrite it was it was 0.02 so thats fine it was just the Nitrate I was worried about.
    Im going to do a water change this weekend I just added some more salt to the water to try and get the salinity up its currently on 1024
     
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    The nitrites should ideally be 0..as for the nitrates 15 is not that bad and a water change can bring it down...15 is normal after so short period after a move ...and a large water change will fix it...like I said it’s up to you to see how quick your system does it’s work and if it does?...you ideally want to be in a position where the system looks after itself without you having to do constant water changes to keep all in tack...feeding can also influence this...
     
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    I feed twice a day.
    In the morning I only feed marine flakes then I alternate in the evening one evening I will feed pellets then the next evening I will feed frozen food normally about 3 blocks but some evenings only two blocks depending on how hungry the fish are
     
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    fish especially marines always hungry even 5min after big feeding...maybe cut back on frozen food for once a week and then only max 2 blocks 5 min apart


    Maybe put the flakes on hold for a while and keep to the pellets mornings only for a few weeks as pellets don’t dissolve and pollute the water as flakes would try for now to stick to pellets till your system is more stable... or feed less amounts in morning and then again evening...


    Your system is in a cycle process maybe stick to one feeding a day for a while..
    You don’t need to feed till they don’t eat anymore ...2-4 pellets per fish is enough depending on size...
     
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    Tagging along and welcome.
     
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    we want pics we want pics we want pics :p
     
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    What is your live stock / coral / invert selection like ? On a FOWLR system those readings are nothing to be concerned about.

    Any Algea growth happening , lots of factors but in general try to bring it down and WC would be the quickest way, cutting down on feeding could compromise fish health
     
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    Thanks for the feedback guys.
    I have a fish only system.
     
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    My KH is at 11 how do I bring it down?
     
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