when is a tank ready for soft corals

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  1. shaunn

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    Hi guys

    how long does i take until u can add soft corals in a tank i don't wana really go sps just what some mushrooms ect
     
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    First concentrate on that nennie, if it pulls through and becomes healthy again, then you can look at adding more corals ;)
     
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    1st you have to cycle your tank! Dont even think about adding Livestock to your DT yet. Keep everything in your hospital tank
     
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    Softies can almost be added immediately... Would wait a few months for sps to confirm you are committed before getting a few small frags
     
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    They can go in early, but I would wait for the cycle to complete.
     
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    @shaunnorth

    it is better to establish a system 1st than add from the get go.. so i would advise waiting the 4 weeks even if Live rock and bacteria boosters havebeen added..

    then start with a easy to keep coral such as GSP (green star polyp) or a leather...
    i would personally say you should start adding on the 5 week mark to be safe.. that will give you some time to learn about your system...
     
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  8. shaunn

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    with in thoes 5 weeks should i be doing water changes
     
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    Yup weekly 10%
     
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    I personally wouldent.. the reason for this is that

    you have no bioload
    you wouldent want to knock establishing bacteria
    and you wouldent want to dilute any bacteria additive

    a skimmer and top up should be all you need to do during this period..

    admitely i have seen tanks set up in a week or 2 but this is mostly done by people who have experience..

    i by no means want to baby you but i do want you to have a exciting positive marine experience.. so a little caution isnt necessarily a bad thing..

    i see you have been extreemly diligent and started a few threads enquiring on various items... that is excellent and exactly what we are here for...
     
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    about 9 months before you add a nennie.
     
  12. shaunn

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    thx les

    now after the 5 weeks

    i will need to test for nitrate and make sure my water per are looking in spec
     
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    It is best to check/test ammonia, nitrite and nitrate right from the beginning. At least 2 to 3 times a week. This way you will get an idea how long the nitrogen cycle is taking in your tank and at what stage the tank is at, in the cycle.

    If you only test after 5 weeks you do not know if the system has cycled at all.
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    its good to test from the get go so that you can see a physical change in the cycle and to relate that back to things you can see happening within the system, you need not buy the basic tests (ammonia, and nitrite although good to have) and can have these tested at most outlets selling marine equipment and livestock.. i personally prefer to buy nitrate, phos, magnesium, alk and ph test kits for longterm repetitive use..

    good info ;)
     
  15. shaunn

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    why i am asking is coz i bought me a nitrate test and accounding to the test it was high.

    does this mean the the cycle is @ its high point and will drop in the next few weeks and satablise
    and by adding bactrea the nitrate level shoud drop ?
     
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    are you not meaning NITRITE? if so your tank is 2 weeks in if i remember correctly? so it is possible that it is at its high point... and if you dont fiddle to much it should start dropping...
     
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    What make of test kit did you buy?

    What is "high"?


    Nitrate?? It depends. But my guess is that you have no form of nitrate filtration. The pic on the other thread of your sump indicates an arobic filter. You will need to install some form of anaerobic filtration. DSB, denitrifier or NP pellet system.
     
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