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Old 07-12-2016, 12:36 PM   #11
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Rather than fighting with the nitrates with chemicals as this only masks the problem , you first need to find the cause most likely overfeeding from past experience . 50% water change + 50% water change will remove the excess nitrates . if you keep up with maintenance your 10% water changes will keep you in check ,

the biggest thing a lot of people over look is cleaning out media boxes filter socks sump ect . I do this bi weekly if you saw the crud I find in mine just imagine whats hiding inside yours . periodically I clean the skimmer as a lot of times you will find dead snails in it .

proper maintenance done during water changes can solve your issue a long with understanding whats going on , I suggest starting a log start by testing every other day along with listing everything you did to the tank daily 2/3 weeks down the line you will see whats happening as things change ,

I use mine like a bible I pinpoint whats wrong faster as I can go back and say . ok this started on such and such a day what did I do different , look I added this to the tank or you remove something that's when things went crazy,

all this information your writing down is a gold mine now you can stop bad things before they happen ,

I ask myself would my tanks be as nice if I didn't keep a log ? my answer no
why the log helps you better understand the chemistry of your tank .

you can ask me what did I do to my tank on march 3rd 2011 .

tested water
nitrite 0 ppm
nitrate 5.0 ppm that was high for me
ammonia .25 ppm
ph 8.2 ppm
phos 2.0 ppm just looking at the nitrate and phosphate I see something happening
calcium 480 ppm
salinity 1,025
temp 80.6

maintenance done
clean inside glass
blow off rocks
remove old media and replace
clean external filters remove all crud
20% water change to curb the nitrate and phos building
added a hammer and a zoa

it's awesome to be able to look back to see what was going on you can compare notes from the same day a year ago see what has changed
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Rather than fighting with the nitrates with chemicals as this only masks the problem , you first need to find the cause most likely overfeeding from past experience . 50% water change + 50% water change will remove the excess nitrates . if you keep up with maintenance your 10% water changes will keep you in check ,

the biggest thing a lot of people over look is cleaning out media boxes filter socks sump ect . I do this bi weekly if you saw the crud I find in mine just imagine whats hiding inside yours . periodically I clean the skimmer as a lot of times you will find dead snails in it .

proper maintenance done during water changes can solve your issue a long with understanding whats going on , I suggest starting a log start by testing every other day along with listing everything you did to the tank daily 2/3 weeks down the line you will see whats happening as things change ,

I use mine like a bible I pinpoint whats wrong faster as I can go back and say . ok this started on such and such a day what did I do different , look I added this to the tank or you remove something that's when things went crazy,

all this information your writing down is a gold mine now you can stop bad things before they happen ,

I ask myself would my tanks be as nice if I didn't keep a log ? my answer no
why the log helps you better understand the chemistry of your tank .

you can ask me what did I do to my tank on march 3rd 2011 .

tested water
nitrite 0 ppm
nitrate 5.0 ppm that was high for me
ammonia .25 ppm
ph 8.2 ppm
phos 2.0 ppm just looking at the nitrate and phosphate I see something happening
calcium 480 ppm
salinity 1,025
temp 80.6

maintenance done
clean inside glass
blow off rocks
remove old media and replace
clean external filters remove all crud
20% water change to curb the nitrate and phos building
added a hammer and a zoa

it's awesome to be able to look back to see what was going on you can compare notes from the same day a year ago see what has changed
I do have a notebook that I record all of my numbers in, but I do not record as in depth which I will start doing. I do replace my filter socks when I notice water flow lacks flow when going through. Skimmer gets cleaned at least once a week to once every other week.
It looks like I may need to replace some hoses soon since I have clear hosing and the hoses sit under my refugium light they get a bit of algae growth inside. I attempt to clean this out with hot water then let it sit for a day to dry.

My original thought was the nitrates came from the dying off algae that I pushed past. Since I got my skimmer (the PSK75) the algae was destoryed except for whats in my refugium which has red cyano growing, my chaeto and my grape algae. I don't care what grows in there as long as its not in my display :P
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