Nitrate not increasing

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So my ammonia and nitrite are at 0 and so is my nitrate. My nitrate has not been above 0 since I've had my tank cycling. It's been cycling for 4 months now. My corals were doing great and now it seems like they aren't. Probably cause they came from a good tank in the lfs and now they are in a tank with no nitrate. I need some help and nothing seems to be doing fine anymore.
 
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What kind of corals? What kind of lighting did your LFS use and what are you using? You can always add nitrate by feeding more.
 
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What kind of corals? What kind of lighting did your LFS use and what are you using? You can always add nitrate by feeding more.
Soft corals. He used a Kessel light that was just blue. If I feed more doesn't it spike my ammonia and screw up the tank?
 

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No feeding more won’t spike ammonia as long as you have a well established biological colony which you should if the tanknis four months old. What kind of bio media are you using and how much? What lighting are you using Jessie’s are top notch leds so anything less you could be depriving the corals of light.
 
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No feeding more won’t spike ammonia as long as you have a well established biological colony which you should if the tanknis four months old. What kind of bio media are you using and how much? What lighting are you using Jessie’s are top notch leds so anything less you could be depriving the corals of light.
I'm using a marienland advanced led strip light. I'm not sure how to tell what bio media I'm using.
 

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The lighting could be an issue as to why the corals are not doing good they could need more light.
 

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What size tank do you have? You get get a higher end led fixture for under $300
 

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Once you start adding fish and those fish start eating, your nitrates will go up. All of your parameter are going to bounce around for the first year until your system settles in. Once you nitrates kick in, be ready to get a cleaning crew to clean the rocks, etc:)

Your corals are starving most likely from the lack of nutrients. I would suggest feeding the corals natural products like reef nutrition oyster feast and roti feast before dropping some coin on lights.

Once other thing I would stress make a change wait two weeks, make another change wait another two weeks. Patients in a key to reefing.

What are your parameters besides ammonia and nitrates
Ca?
Mg?
Alk?
Phosphates
These are also very important to coral growth:)
 
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With inadequate lighting and lack of nutrients in the water column the corals need more food.
 

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It's ok to just drop any food in the tank. As it decomposes it will feed the corals.

When it's fed to fish it's broken down quicker.

Weather it is food or light is a tough call. It can take a practiced eye, your welcome to post pictures for sure.

I have seen that light used very successfully.
 
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Once you start adding fish and those fish start eating, your nitrates will go up. All of your parameter are going to bounce around for the first year until your system settles in. Once you nitrates kick in, be ready to get a cleaning crew to clean the rocks, etc:)

Your corals are starving most likely from the lack of nutrients. I would suggest feeding the corals natural products like reef nutrition oyster feast and roti feast before dropping some coin on lights.

Once other thing I would stress make a change wait two weeks, make another change wait another two weeks. Patients in a key to reefing.

What are your parameters besides ammonia and nitrates
Ca?
Mg?
Alk?
Phosphates
These are also very important to coral growth:)
I have been feeding baby shrimp to my tank for my corals. Usually I turn the power head off so the torch can eat but maybe I should just drop a little in the tank and hope it gets some cause my fish don't eat the shrimp, only likes pellets.

For right now I can't check the other levels. I don't have the right tools for me to check.
 

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I have been feeding baby shrimp to my tank for my corals. Usually I turn the power head off so the torch can eat but maybe I should just drop a little in the tank and hope it gets some cause my fish don't eat the shrimp, only likes pellets.

For right now I can't check the other levels. I don't have the right tools for me to check.
What you need is a puree of the shrimp to feed the corals. The solid food is good for the fish and invert but the corals. The corals need a fine food.
 
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What you need is a puree of the shrimp to feed the corals. The solid food is good for the fish and invert but the corals. The corals need a fine food.
Where would I get something that's a puree? And how much of that do you use? Just like a turkey bastor and put it on the corals?
 

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Where would I get something that's a puree? And how much of that do you use? Just like a turkey bastor and put it on the corals?
The reef nutrition product I mentioned earlier. I would just get the oyster feast and some vitamin c and mix a little together and feed. :)
 

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Kessil makes good Nano lights aqua illumination prime hd is what I’m using and it’s $200 but will grow any coral you want.
 
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The reef nutrition product I mentioned earlier. I would just get the oyster feast and some vitamin c and mix a little together and feed. :)
I will definitely get that and maybe look into a new light.
 
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