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has anyone ever had extremly low levels for nitrate? I just did a water test today. pH 8.15, Alk. 3.5(in the process of increasing), Nitrate was at 10ppm a week ago, and it has since fallen to .2ppm. My nitrites are non existent. I have no fish in my aquarium as of now. Could this be the cause? It has been up and running for a month and a half with corals, livesand, and live rock. Only critters are 6 turbo snails, 3 blue leggers hermits, and 1 sponge crab.. any ideas?

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yeah, it's normal... it's actually kinda low. that will change once you have fish and start feeding on a regular basis. 10ppm is about average....

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Originally posted by audiocontrol

Ive never had nitrate that low before, would I notice any adverse effects, or more likley nothing at all?

 

Yeah, your inverts and corals will be happy. :)

 

Fish are really not good for a nano... <------------- Just my opinion

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Ive been debating whether or not to add a small neon goby to the tank and let him feed off of pods or whatever, as a semi-self sustained system. but im not sure. This is my first attempt at a strictly "coral reef" setup and without the fish, everything is growing like wildfire. Ive had green star polyps for about 3 weeks now, and it is already starting to grow on the back wall. My Green Button Polyps which I bought a month ago for $3.99 because it only had 4 visible polyp heads on it, now has about 13...

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Don’t mess with success.................

But I know that fish do add more life to the tank. So I guess if you are happy with the tank as it is then don’t bother. What you don’t know doesn’t hurt you :)

Most people over feed reef tank fish so feeding sparingly really helps with the nitrate levels. Also, the type of food you feed helps this too.

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No. They pretty much will increase your nitrate levels. They add nothing more than visual.

In a nano, no longer how long it’s been established, there will not be enough food to sustain a fish who will eat pods unless you got a sump that’s going to be bigger than your nano. And we know that keeping a sump bigger than the nano is just cheating ;)

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lol, any sump on nano is cheating. Unless you include the volume of the water that is in it when stating how many gallons total.

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you should see my 100gal. reef project with a 15 gallon sump, or is it a 15 gallon reef with a 100 gallon sump???...I forget, oh well. lol j/k

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