When is the tank mature enough?

Discussion in 'Reef Aquarium Discussion' started by Joe Batt, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Joe Batt

    Joe Batt Active Member Build Thread Contributor

    Apr 15, 2017
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    I recently restarted my tank after a slow painful crash, from zero using dry rock, a shallow sand bed. The rock was cycled for 6 weeks till it tested no ammonia or nitrite. Also, phosphates testing around 0.05 and decreasing.

    I added my old fish and lots of Fritz 900 yet still had a small cycle, but fortunately, that only lasted a few days. The tank is pure Triton with a nice refugium running now also.

    This tank is intended to be mainly montipora, chalices and acropora.

    The question is how mature/long do you wait to add corals of the various types? ie LPS SPS. My last tank was my first and was running for 6 months with just a few softies before I progressed to more demanding hard corals, plus it was live rock initially. Some 3 years later it slowly crashed and hence I am back to square one.
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  2. O'l Salty

    O'l Salty Active Member

    Feb 12, 2017
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    Lincoln NE
    Once your parameters are in control you can add coral. At least that's the way I have done it.
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