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Old 04-30-2010, 04:38 PM   #181
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the baffles are there to stop any micro bubbles going back to the DT from the skimmer ,with the baffles as in the picture the bubbles could get dragged down with the flow as the flow is stronger at that narrow point compared with at the bottom of the tank.if you see what I mean,I still have the original fuge which has been running for about 18m I sold the new model to a friend and never changed it.
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Old 04-30-2010, 08:10 PM   #182
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Bubbles rise it makes sense to do it the other way... the intake at the bottom
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Old 05-03-2010, 09:42 AM   #183
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so tonight I am going to put 1 rock in some NSW and let it sit for a week and see if I have any nitrates in the water. That will tell me if my rock is leaching out the Nitrates.
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I think I will measure my sand bed and see what the depth is too
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Ok so i measured what used to be a 4"sand bed I would say that 3/4's of it is 3" now. Should I add an inch or 2?
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I'll let one of the other more advanced answer that question... as with the live rock... Nitrates Should be coming from your rock...your rock changes ammonium/ammonia to nitrites to nitrates...
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I think you need something like chaeto. This is a good little blurb on it that you should read Chaeto for the Reef Aquarium - What is Chaeto Chaeto for the Reef Aquarium - Where to keep Chaeto and the sump/refuge looks good to me
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this guy had a similar problem My 125G SW tank.
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I have a mag drive 7 for a return pump in my sump running wide open. Could that be a problem with my nitrates? Is the water flow to much or rather not enough contact time with the skimmer? or does it even matter
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Okay this is my opinion (so it doesn't mean much) in a natural environment the fish produce waste, bacteria change the waste into nitrates and then something needs to happen to the nitrates... plants and algae love them, so to prevent undesired algae blooms you can use a reactor/do frequent water changes to keep the nitrates down or you can have controlled plant/algae growth to remove nitrates... the homemade reactor looks good... but I believe that also having Chaeto or some other plant/algae in your sump/refuge is a good idea as well.
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