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Old 09-22-2010, 05:46 PM   #1 
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Question Do I need a nitrate test?

I am currently cycling my new 5 gallon tank. I have been testing the ammonia and nitrite, however the test kit I bought did not come with a nitrate test. I was wondering if I really need to buy one. It seems like I should be able to monitor ammonia and nitrite and consider the cycle done once those have both gone down (once added ammonia is gone within 24 hours), but there may be something I'm not thinking of. Anyone have any ideas about this?
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Yes you need a nitrate test, this is the test that will tell you when you are cycled.

Nitrate is also important to monitor as too high of nitrate can cause immunity, health, growth and development problems

Nitrate level you want in a healthy cycled tank: 5-10ppm
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Old 09-22-2010, 07:35 PM   #3 
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Thanks for the reply. I'll be sure to get one.
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