Zero nitates

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My new innovative marine fusion 20 has just finished it's cycle the ammonia and nitrate levels are reading zero. More concerning the nitrate level is also now reading zero after peaking at 7.9. Is this normal and what should I do now
The test kit used was Hanna Nitrate checker..
The cycle was achieved using Caribsea Arag-live sand and ATM Colony. With 2 clown fish added. The fish are perfectly healthy and happy.
Can anyone suggest what steps should I take next and when I can add corals from my previous tank which were removed and  have been in a quarantine tank for weeks now
Any help and advice would be appreciated
Thank you

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My new innovative marine fusion 20 has just finished it's cycle the ammonia and nitrate levels are reading zero. More concerning the nitrate level is also now reading zero after peaking at 7.9. Is this normal and what should I do now
The test kit used was Hanna Nitrate checker..
The cycle was achieved using Caribsea Arag-live sand and ATM Colony. With 2 clown fish added. The fish are perfectly healthy and happy.
Can anyone suggest what steps should I take next and when I can add corals from my previous tank which were removed and  have been in a quarantine tank for weeks now
Any help and advice would be appreciated
Thank you

If the fish seem happy, then do nothing.  Zero nitrate is not normal, especially in a new tank but still I guess it's possible the bacteria are consuming it faster than the clowns are producing ammonia -> nitrite -> nitrate ?! 🤷‍♂️

What corals are they in the QT?
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Thanks for your reply . I agree with you zero nitrates in a new tank are unusual. I put it down to the fact that I am using a mixture of Biohome ultimate and Seachem Matrix in the media baskets.with only the bioload from 2 Clownfish.
The corals in the quarantine tank consist of a mixture of. Hammers, Toadstools, Duncan's, Acans and plenty of Zoa's.
Perhaps I should consider adding more fish.
What do you think

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Do you read any nitrites at all? I would look into dosing Nitrates as opposed to feeding more or adding more fish due to the potential build up of other organics in the water.

With regards to corals I would be tempted to add a few of the zoas or toadstools first. In my experience they are much more forgiving and hold off on the LPS as in my experience they die if you look at them funny

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