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hey y is my tank taking so long to cycle its been running for 8 weeks and has 10kg of live rock its realy nice rock to i got zoos on it :)
ive been doing a 25% water change every 2 weeks with water from the beach thats where my lfs gets his water from so i think its ok
Nitrates seem awful high, have you tested the water you're bringing in before it goes into the tank? your salinity is also a bit low. I'd shoot for about 1.025-1.027.
I would recommend purchasing a bucket of reef salt and r/o water. The water from your beach may be a bit polluted and may not have the proper levels of nutrients needed for a stable reef environment. Not to worry about the zoanthids though, they are one of the heartiest corals about.
Normally the water from the beach is no good. I hope that the LFS is not getting his water thier. They should be making their own. That is unless you live on an island the the reef is just right in your back yard. I would start making your own water from clean RO or RODI water.
Also double check your test kits they may be wrong. bring your water to the LFS and have them test it once. but Have tested it at home before you go. check your results against what their test kits reed.
You ammonia and nitrites need to be at 0, and your nitrates need to be AT LEAST under 10ppm (preferably under 5 - 0ppm).
Re-do your pH test, 160 is not correct (the real pH scale ranges from 0 - 14, but with fish tanks the range is usually within 6 - 9. Yours should be 8.1 - 8.3)
Do water changes, they're the only way to drop your nitrates safely. I'd advise adding chaeto to help keep the nitrates in check AFTER your cycle is done, as ammonia will kill it.
sorry i ment ph 8.2 i tesed again 2 day after a water change
it all changed over only 3 or 4 days
did a 20% water change
i live in aus and we live kind of neer the reef but thats where all my lfs get their water from and also can i use distilled water from the super market
yes you can.
It looks to me like your cycle is nearing completion.
Yes, it is. Once your ammonia and nitrites are 0, your nitrates should plateau, and you will be required to do water changes to drop them to 0. Then add chaeto to your tank, it will keep the nitrates there.
something weirds happening i tested my tank again 2 day
i dont get it i thought my nitrates should go up when the nitrites drop and also i dont have a sump so where do u put the chaeto
i tested it 2 times as well to make sure i didnt make a mistake im using api test kit
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