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Right then my new Red Sea reefer 525 has been up and running now for two weeks. I’ve put in two pinches of flake food. When can I put some coral in?
I know fish will be another 4 yet.

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What are your test results? Once the tank has cycled (Ammonia and Nitrite = 0) then you can start to introduce some corals (would recommend starting with some hardier (cheaper!) ones first (eg. softies)

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Nice looking setup , I agree, not worth rushing things and then getting all disappointed if it goes tits up ,
Defo keep an eye on test results ,(as mentioned above).hammers and frogspawn are quite good as a starter ,leathers are good as well ,
Best thing to do is think about how you want the tank to look , look online at pictures of various corals etc and write down what you would like to add , then do a bit of research on what you have chosen , it gives you something to do while waiting for the tank to cycle,
Also remember some corals etc grow faster and bigger than others ,
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O yeah I know this sounds stupid but just a suggestion, when I was starting to look at adding corals etc I printed off pictures of them and stuck them to the front and back of the glass to give me an idea what they would look like and where I wanted to put them , you be surprised what a difference it makes to see them in the tank (although just a picture ) before you buy ,
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I think that’s a really good suggestion @Animal ive never thought of doing that  *D

Can I ask re The comment on hammers/frogspawns... I would love to get these but was warned off them till my nitrates come down - currently on about 15ppm.  What are your thoughts on this please?
Bossed freshwater planted tanks so making the move...

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Reply #5

Nitrates wants to be 0 no more than 1 ppm ideally
Nitrites wants to be 0 ideally
Ammonia 0
Salinity wants to be 1020-1025 
Ph 8.1-8.5
These are the ideal parameters to be looking for really
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