What constitutes a mature tank

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  1. Forbes

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    Hi Guys,
    I am interested to know what constitutes a mature tank, substrate, live rock or filter medium, or all three. I bought my RSM 250 from someone who had run it for two years, so the sand and filter medium had matured, I had to buy live rock for it, which I have done, and the tank has now been running for about three and a half months. Will it take another six months before it is considered mature.
     
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    Tagging along...;)
     
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    My understanding: A system that has the necessary diversity in microbial communities to withstand fluctuations in different parameters, ensuring any perturbation does not lead to a collapse in these communities, leading to a tank crash...

    I.e. the point at which your tank can handle most events that can harm the tank's biota (increased bioload, power failures, slight changes in water chemistry etc)...

    Well, that's my understanding of it anyway...
     
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    Not a pro, so wait for them first, but what I understand about the word 'mature' is :

    1. When there are no fluctuations in the parameters.

    2. When there is good growth of coralline or corals and a good and constant pod population.
     
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    But don't you control that? If parameters were stable from the start, that doesn't necessarily mean your tank is mature, right?
     
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    by stable he means that with added livestock etc, you keep the Ca and Mg right, ph in check etc..
     
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    A lot also depends on how well you know your take, ie consumption rates, when you need to replace stuff, how often you do WC etc
     
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    I do 25l water changes every week, and normally everything is right where it should be.
     
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