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Placed live rock in a day ago, measurements are all 0??
Hey guys, this is my first saltwater tank so I apologize if I am just totally missing something here.
I had my tank set up and let the water circulate for a few days. I put in my liverock yesterday. Half of it was from an established tank that was torn down and had been sitting in a bucket of saltwater for a week. The other half was purchased offline, came damp and looked like there was some decent life on it.
So my question is, I know that to tell when the tank has cycled you should have 0 readings on nitrite, ammonia, and a reading on the nitrate, but I tested the water right after putting my rock in yesterday and again today and the nitrite and ammonia was 0 and there was a reading on the nitrate. I know my tank could not possibly have cycled yet, so my my question is what is the reason for the 0 readings?
What substrate do you have and where did you get it from? It's possible not enough of anything has built up enough to register a reading, Nitrate could possibly be coming from your tap water? Should do a test of that if you haven't yet.
there hasnt been enough time for the organics to break down and become registerable to your test.that or your test may not be as reliable as you think.wait a day or two and try again.you should have some nitrite at some point.at least some nitrates.
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