High Nitrates

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    littlenemo1024

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    Hey All!

    1. I just got my tank last week. I started my cycle and did my first testing two days ago. Everything is on schedule my pH and at 8.0 my ammonia was .25 my nitrites are at 0 but my nitrates are at 10. How should I go about getting my nitrates down? Or is that normal?

    2. I put my live rock in along with two damsel fish just to have something in the tank till my cycle s finished. I went to the Rockin' Reef and the man told me to put smart start in my tank to speed up the cycle process. I have not put it in my tank yet because I am not sure if it is safe for the damsels. Any advice will be helpful.


    I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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    LittleNemo
     
    littlenemo1024, Sep 23, 2010
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    OhNoNemo i love triggers

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    Welcome to the site
    give your tank more time..its normal....my trates are 10 and my tanks almost 5 yrs old
     
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    Give it 6 or 8 weeks.

    If the nitrates get over 40 - do a water change or the damsels may suffer physical damage. High nitrites can cause major health problems for fish too.
     
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