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Old 06-28-2010, 09:51 PM   #371
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Hope the root canal I had wed will help then, LOL
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Old 07-22-2010, 12:07 AM   #372
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for the last 2 weeks I have been taking a turkey baster and a tooth brush to rocks and cleaning them off a little at a time. I have also added a filter for about 2 hours when I blow the rock off and behind the rock. Looks like I am finally getting where I wanna be, Nitrates are coming down getting closer to zero. Algae has not come back other than the little but that forms on the glass.
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Glad to hear that you are finally getting somewhere with it.
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Wow, I didn't think this thread would ever come to an end. Looks like you finally have it under control.
CONGRATUALTIONS!

The NP-Biopellets have kept the NO3 under 2 (nearly undetecable). PO4 has come down a little, but I haven't been able to test it for a couple of weeks. New reagent just came in so this weekend I'll either add GFO and Carbon, or not!
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still blowing rocks with turkey baster, nitrates are steady at 2ppm, doing 5g water changes twice a week still, keeping Alk at 11, calcium at 480, mag 1440, ph 8.3 seems like there is no end to getting rid of detritus under control. I know if I can get that to an end i would have 0! I wonder if I should add some hermits was trying to go with just snails but they just dont seem to clean the rock of detritus I blow it off every night.
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here is my latestes update...MY NITRATES ARE ZERO! I ended up using the Vodka and MB7 dosing and my nitrates are finally at 0. YAY!
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Congrats! It was a long road! Did you ever try the bio-pellets. There are newer ones on the market that are even smaller, giving them a larger surface area. Less of the portential sticking problem.

My nitrates are consistently under 2 and look just like your photo above. I call that as a 1 - 2 range instead of 0 as looking from the side I can see a tinge of pink.

My phosphates (PO4) have been consistently under 2 also, usually in the .06 - .08 range.

Good luck keeping them down. Stay vigilant. And again CONGRATULATIONS on sticking with this till you got there.
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wow....its so long....good for me as a newbie here....congratulation bavass....
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Congrats! It was a long road! Did you ever try the bio-pellets. There are newer ones on the market that are even smaller, giving them a larger surface area. Less of the portential sticking problem.

My nitrates are consistently under 2 and look just like your photo above. I call that as a 1 - 2 range instead of 0 as looking from the side I can see a tinge of pink.

My phosphates (PO4) have been consistently under 2 also, usually in the .06 - .08 range.

Good luck keeping them down. Stay vigilant. And again CONGRATULATIONS on sticking with this till you got there.
I did not try the bio-pellets. I used Seachem De*Nitrate in a phosban reactor, vodka dosing, and Brightwells MB7.

From, the side its just as clear as it is from the top. I have been unable to detect phosphates. I did lose my Diamond Goby while at the beach I will get another one.
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