FIRST TANK cycling - ID?

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Thanks both! So helpful :)

In regards to Nitrates, it's the only thing I haven't looked into in great detail. Being as every system (I imagine), ultimately needs a water change, I was just going to focus on that and be done with it.

If you think that any other method is worth it, in terms of cutting water change ammounts or regularity, please let me know! From what I could tell on youtube and stuff, regardless of setup - people seem to water change about 10-20% weekly/biweekly (depending on livestock).
Would really appreciate your thoughts on this :)

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Day 2 of feeding. Looking like it's all being converted quickly! Again - I did use live sand and my liverock was taken straight from LFS pool!

That makes it Week 3, day 4. Cycle done? What are other tells?
I will obv do a fair water change before livestock (thinking 1 fish and some hermits for now.. will see!) Or just some CUC and add the clownfish as a pair a week or two later.

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Are your Nitrates rising in relation to the others staying at  0 ? If so you'd probably be able to carry out a waterchange to  lower nitrate and add CUC then continue to keep testing and as you say add fish a little after .
As far as water changes go it really comes down to what you want to do in relation to water quality and parameters , I change 10-15 % every 6 weeks , I dose Nopox to keep Nitrates in check and use seachem seagel to control Phosphates , the seagel also contains an activated carbon to remove other impurities in the water . I add the three other main parameters (for coral) Mg , alk and Ca , through powder mix supplements .
There are loads of different options of how people keep there marine / reef tanks , some do weekly changes with no supplements , some have never water changed at all and add supplements for everything and others are everything else in between .
It really comes down to the personal preference of how and the performance of your system to maintain water quality and parameters .

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Thanks again for the detailed reply!

My nitrates were rising from like week 2, I already did a small water change (probably shouldn't have? maybe), but I did have a nitrate spike.
+ I beleive that is also proof of the cycle coming to an end/final stage, as they shouldn't be there at all unless being converted.

I will look into everything you said! I don't have my own RO DI unit yet, as I figured LFS costs me like £6 for (10X10%) water changes. But I know even LFS water quality can be variable soo.

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Speaking about Coral supplements, the next step of research for me is lighting. I've only got a small tank and ideally I don't want to pay more than the tank cost on lighting. I would like to keep beginner corals, but I have no idea if the stock LED's on my tank would be up to scratch. I'm guessing not, but since it's long and not a cube - it's shallow, I might be alright. It also depends on the PAR?

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It's not just the ability to convert to nitrate it's the ability to cope under the load of having some stock , you'll have a better idea yourself with the tests you've carried out how well tank is coping .
Being able to produce your own Ro water is best , but it really depends on your usage . To keep tabs on LFS water you could pick up a TDS pen .
Lighting demands for different corals can be quite varied , aswell as the price and functionality of lights . It would really depend on your budget , people have had good success with all kinds of lighting , from cheap Chinese built LED units from eBay all the way through to the AI or kessil LED's  or different combinations of T5 or T8 Tubes ,
I run AI hydra 26 hd's , they were expensive but IMO worth every penny , although would probably be a little big for your tank . An AI prime would be an equivalent for your size tank as a suggestion but there are loads to choose from and again vast difference in prices .

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Reply #20

Sounds like you're cycled :-)  I'd go CUC, the a pair of clowns.  CUC can be quite sensitive, but have a low bioload, so you're starting small, and testing the water before paying out more for fish.  Also, get a pair of small clowns (so one will change to become the female), or already paired.

I'd keep it simple to begin with, and with a tank that size, water changes are the easy way to keep everything where it should be.

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Thank you! :)

Well, I will post you some update pics soon! Hopefully on the weekend!

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Tank Update:
I ended up getting 3 Red Leg Hermit crabs and 1 Banggai Cardinal Fish!

I drip acclamated and left the lights off for the rest of the day. Next morning I fed some frozen shrimp (with garlic the pack says!).
Dude is so quick and alert when I put a tiny bit in and the crabs are lively.

What other livestock do you think would compliment this?


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