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Old 07-29-2012, 05:18 PM   #1
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Help with nitrate removal!!!!!

Ok, 150g Niger trigger, orbiculate bat, honeycomb grouper, black edge Moray, yellow tang. I feed 3 shrimp and a few pinches of pellets and about 2 square inches of homemade food in total a week. Reef octopus nw200 protein skimmer rated 250g, ATS, Water changes 20% weekly.i just replaced Rodi filters because they were old, and I think I was pretty much using tap. I love DIY projects, and was wondering if there were any really easy ways to reduce nitrates with house materials. I was thinking I could make a denitrator coil without the PVC, so like 100' coiled tubing, siphon fed. Would that help? Or do you need it in PVC? Any other DIY?
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:39 PM   #2
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Ok, 150g Niger trigger, orbiculate bat, honeycomb grouper, black edge Moray, yellow tang. I feed 3 shrimp and a few pinches of pellets and about 2 square inches of homemade food in total a week. Reef octopus nw200 protein skimmer rated 250g, ATS, Water changes 20% weekly.i just replaced Rodi filters because they were old, and I think I was pretty much using tap. I love DIY projects, and was wondering if there were any really easy ways to reduce nitrates with house materials. I was thinking I could make a denitrator coil without the PVC, so like 100' coiled tubing, siphon fed. Would that help? Or do you need it in PVC? Any other DIY?
Refugium?
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:46 PM   #3
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Sorry, and I have caulerpa. Lol. I just started vinegar dosing but I did vodka before and it made no noticeable difference. Hopefully vinegar will do the trick. Any other ideas??? Things laying around the house would be great . Any ideas welcome.
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Sorry, and I have caulerpa. Lol. I just started vinegar dosing but I did vodka before and it made no noticeable difference. Hopefully vinegar will do the trick. Any other ideas??? Things laying around the house would be great . Any ideas welcome.
I used to use calaurpa it will leach back into the tank if theres any dieoff i switched to chaeto also chaeto dont go assexual just a thought made a difference for me
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I used to use calaurpa it will leach back into the tank if theres any dieoff i switched to chaeto also chaeto dont go assexual just a thought made a difference for me
Check your macro see if its turning yellow at all if so not a good sign
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Check your macro see if its turning yellow at all if so not a good sign
Other than wc and macro i dont know of any other consitant way to remove nitrate
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:51 PM   #7
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Its not... Would just the coil w/out the PVC housing work if I made it longer??
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Its not... Would just the coil w/out the PVC housing work if I made it longer??
I dont have any experience in that what are your nitrates at? How old is the tank?
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:56 PM   #9
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Tank is like 1.5 years old.... They're at 80-160... Ridiculous I know. Corals and fish are fine thank god. I did switch my sand out 2-3o this ago, could it be because my sandbed didn't establish????
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[QUOTE="crister13"]Tank is like 1.5 years old.... They're at 80-160... Ridiculous I know. Corals and fish are fine thank god. I did switch my sand out 2-3o this ago, could it be because my sandbed didn't establish????[/QUOTE

Imo i would think that would be your cause the sandbed trappes the nutrients when disturbed it will release whatever nutrient it contains i made this mistake one time stirred my established sand and nitrates were out the roof i also got cyano as a result now i use tongan nassarius snails to stir the sand a lil at a time but ya i bet thats it you run your fuge light 24/7 im assuming
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