thx guys for quick reply's.
mebbid: i know there are cheaper media but im trying not to spend more money at the moment. i have a 30gal tank with 50+ pounds of LR
so i can steal a bunch from there and put it in my wet/dry. my tank has only been running for 7 weeks or so. So most of my LR
doesnt really have any coraline alage etc... on it so its perfect to use. it was covered in coraline alage and was beautiful when i got it but the 4 weeks it took to cycle my tank pretty much "stripped" it clean. :-( + i have no LFS
in my area so i had to order it from liveaquria.com so i'm sure i had a lot of die off even with the overnight shipping.
And ive fixed my nitrate problem. i was using pot scrubbies instead of bio-balls in my wet/dry and for some reason they were acting as a "nitrate f'actory" I just, took them out because not matter how big of a water change i would do they just just stayed where they were or got higher. they were around 30-40 and just the other day they got as high as almost 80!!! and it wasnt the water. i used water from different sources. as soon as i took them out and did a 50% water change there down to about 25 and holding steady even down to 20 now!!! those dam pot scrubbies!!! that what i get for trying to save a few bucks!!! they work well for some people though. huh?
there you go. that why i asked this question. lol