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Hi all, brand spanking new to this, just recently set up a 240lt saltwater tank, I'd of never thought an empty body of fishless water would of constantly occupied my mind. 😂

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I've been reading on the forum for the past few months but finally joined due to a slight dilemma / lack of knowledge. I recently set up my tank and set the cycle using Dr tims ammonia and a double dose of api quick start all seems well,  on the 2/3/20 my test results read,my ammonia spiked a little over 4 ppm nitrite 0 and nitrate 0 but by today 6/3/20 ammonia 2ppm nitrite 5, nitrate looks like 80.
I'm unsure what my next move should be.
Dose ammonia til 3/4 ppm, a small water change, or leave it be till ammonia drops??????
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Help much appreciated and definitely needed.

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If you have detectable ammonia and/or nitrite, wait until they read zero and dose up to 2ppm ammonia again.
When you can go from 2ppm ammonia to zero with no nitrites in 24 hrs it is a very good sign you are good to go.

I personally add Dr Tim's one and only and then add a couple of fish around 3 days after dosing, never used the ammonia

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Well thanks for your valued input, I've been slightly worried but by the sounds of things I'm still on track,
Much appreciated  👍

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Tank is looking cool,
You can buy a chemical from lfs or online called stability,this stuff is good and helps stop things like new tank syndrome .
It helps to rapidly and safely establish the filter,,helps with ammonia ,nitrate and nitrite,
I use it in mine I have a 180 litre tank .
Dave
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Best thing is patience,letting you're tank cycle is so boring as you can't add any livestock,.while you're waiting
This gives you a chance to sort out how you want it to look inside and get the rock you want and play around
With it till you get it to look something like what you want ,
Looking good though ,good luck and we're all here to help with anything you need to know.
Dave
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I find the cycling part of equal fascination watching the very first life forms appear.
Plus it teaches you the patience you need as a key tool to the hobby.
Keep your eyes glued to those rocks and watch the magic happen


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