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Cycling New SaltWater Tank With Fish
March 18, 2015
12:22 am
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I have a new 13 gallon tank maybe 2 weeks old and I am trying to figure out if I need to change out my water or if I should let the tank finish cycling. The levels are higher than I know they should be but ammonia is starting to drop so Im wondering if the cycle will finish soon or if I need to change the water for the sake of the fish. There is brown algae all over the sides and bottom of the tank and I also want to clean that but don't want to scrub it off if it's what's helping the tank cycle. Please help me out, need more information.

 

pH: 8.4
Ammonia: 0.02 ppm
Nitrite: 2.0
Nitrate: 40
Temperature: 81 F

GH/KH: Not sure
TDS/Conductivity: Not sure
Tap Water Parameters: ??
Test kit used: Strip
(Liquid or strip)

Tank Size: 24"W x 8-1/2"D x 16-1/2"H -13 Gallon
(Dimensions & Volume)

Length of time set-up: 2.5 weeks
Filtration used:
Aqueon Drip Filter ??
(Type & media)
Maintenance Schedule: 3 water changes. 20% about one week after getting it, 20% about one week after that, and 50% a few days ago so that I could move it. I haven't cleaned the filter because I was told to leave it until the tank cycles. I use Petco brand water conditioner and salt to treat and mix my water. I also test ph and water temp before adding water to tank. Salinity is currently at 1.025 which from my understanding is high.

Detailed stock list: Banghai Cardinal 2", Dottyback Orchid 1.5", Clown Fish 1", Sand Glider Starfish 1.5", Hermit crab 1/8", I also have another blue fish that I am not sure of the species on but it is about 1" in size. I also have a live rock pretty small in size maybe the size of a fist.

Recent additions to tank: Sand Glider Starfish, Blue 1" fish

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