Bare bottom cycle. First reef tank

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Setting up my first reef after 7 years of freshwater keeping. I do have a 1000 litre fresh water that I'm hoping to convert in the long run with another 200 litre to set up next. The first I'm setting up is a nano which has been up nearly 2 months with still high nitrate 80+. Fishless cycle bare bottom while ghost feeding. I'm doing two 50% water changes a week. I know bare bottom takes longer, how long can I expect? am I changing to much?
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Do you have a lot of rock or a bare min?
The more rock the quicker the cycle as there is more surface for bacteria to live on.
If you keep feeding the nitrate will stay high.
What sort of external filtration do you have?
All in one with quit a bit of rock in and some in the filter section with some pourus media too.
 
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Thank you to all. So after 2 months I checked yesterday and my nitrate has disappeared. Honestly like magic. I re tested today to make sure and around 5PPM I do think ill invest in the hannah checker in the future. Fish on the weekend
 
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