My Trates used 2 b 160ppms. I did a 3-week aggressive clean up. I cleaned up all my filtration, skimmer, rocks, I removed all of them and syphoned the bottom, and I did enormouse amounts of pwc
was this: 20G pwc
once every 3 days, then 10G every other day, then 10G every week.
My nitrates went down to 10 ppms. I donated my trigger back to the LFS
and now I did a pwc
again after a week and a half. I got a reading of 40 ppms. Wow, all that work.....what happened?
Setup: 55G 4-ft tank with two (2) HOB
Powerfilter 60, a Prizm Skimmer, a 400GPH PH
with in tank quickfilter attachment, a 175GPH PH
with wave maker attachment, and an Orbit 4x65 PC
with Moonlight. I have 60 lbs of lr
, 3 inches of ls
(and a thin layer of cc
beneath all that).
I have a maroon clown (2 inches) and a Blue Hippo Tang (2.5 inches). I also have one dozen small hermit crabs.
I don't see myself pwc
-ing 10G per week. It's just tiring. I see myself changing 5G per week, but not 10. And I am a very patient person. however, I don't think my efforts are going anywhere. It's a waste! I don't have space for a HOB
CPR fuge, and I have a coffee table tested for 900 lbs from Ikea. I don't have space beneath for anything.
Is there anyone who can help me?
Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Calcium 300 - 320, pH 8.3, temp 79F - 82F, Nitrates 40 ppms. Filtered tap (Carico 7-stage countertop filtration) reads zero Nitrates. I have green hair algae all over my rocks still. I don't think they are going away as long as there is food (nitrates). I use InstantOcean salt.