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    Hi, I am totally new to saltwater. My tank is currently starting it’s 3rd week of cycling. Trying to figure out the next steps.
     
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    Welcome to,Reef Sanctuary!
    Are you measuring Ammomia and Nitrate levels every few days?
    If so, what's the trend?
     
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    Ammonia is at 0 and nitrates are at 0. Specific gravity is 1.024
     
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    What is Nitrites level?
    If the cycle is ammonia to nitrite to nitrate, I would have expected to see some nitrate....
     
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    I started with live rock and live sand.
     
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    Depends on how "live" that rock was, I seen rock which was an instant cycle due to the amount and diversity of the "life".

    I would have thought you would see ammonia at zero, nitrite at zero and some ppm of Nitrate. At this point, you have just enough bacteria to zero out the toxic ammonia and nitrites, and leave non toxic nitrates, which expels itself out of the water through surface movement.

    You will be continuously adding "ammonia" sources, if done slowly, you grow enough bacteria to process the that load, then again....and so on keeping a balance of nutrients.

    I keep Nitrates at 2-5ppm and phosphates at 0.03-0.07
     
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    Thanks for the help. What is a good place to start to add something? Is a clean up crew added before a fish?
     
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    Nitrites were 0. I was wrong about the ammonia it was 0.25.
     
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    Thanks!
    I have added my first fish. A orange spotted goby. He is eating well. Levels look good so far. Researching what I will add next.
     
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    For CUC I use nothing but snails, way to
    Much trouble with crabs and the fact is that they are not good consumers of algae and will eat what they can catch.

    Ninja Astea for green, Mexican for Red/Brown, Nars for sand.

    Go slow and let your bacteria catch up to the new load

    Always add least agreesive first
     
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