Cycling a tank, adding fish and corals

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    Big K

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    Update: just tested and got an ammonia reading of 0.6! Looks like we're in business!
     
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    Ok so question... Do I need to wait for the Ammonia to go back down before testing for Nitrites?
     
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    How the cycle works it breaks down the ammonia into nitrite. Once i have ammonia, even a trace i start testing for nitrite. It should show up that you have some nitrite. Also not a bad idea to test nitrate.

    But realistically just be patient and the cycle will do its thing. You should do a water change when you hit ammonia 0 and nitrite 0. Your nitrate should be noticeable on a test reader if API it should be making that transition from orange color to red color in the test.
     
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    Very helpful to us beginners
     
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    Can I Run a 30 gal with just softies without a skimmer? if not, What skimmer do you recommend for a tank this size
     
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    I do not have a skimmer on my 35 hex and everything is doing good. Just keep up on water changes.
     
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    +1. Be diligent with the water changes and you can get around a skimmer.
     
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    Thaks for the info
     
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    I have the red sea max 130 which is 34 gallons. Skimmer is really tough to make work in that I cant get large bubbles. could be the newness of the tank, I suppose, (only a week) but after hearing all the Skimmer issues with this system i’m wondering if I should get a new skimmer. Yikes!

    Good luck fellow newbies!
     
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    This is amazing that the content I wrote so many years ago is still helping people! What a good feeling :)
     
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    It is indeed! Great to see you back on the forum :)
     
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