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Old 10-17-2009, 03:53 PM   #31
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any star is reef safe??
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Old 10-17-2009, 08:26 PM   #32
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melosu58 Just for that Go Purdue, LOL! j/k

Ok...so we both sucked today. LOL! but come on when the line judge moves the ball ahead 3" after the mesurement you know at that point you don't stand a chance. Granted GT out plyed VT at that point you know you don't stand a chance
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Ok so here is a pic of my nitrate test this morning. Looking a lot better. When I started this thread this vial looked like I had just given blood. Nitrates were at 160+ I think I am winning the battle. Still have trouble getting them down from 20. In the photo the test is actually a little darker than the real test. In my eyes its about 15+ in the photo it looks dead on 20. Will this kill a clean up crew? Will the cleanup crew help to bring this down?

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20 is not a killer. The goal is 0 but you`ve made some pretty good strides so far. Give it some time and you should be OK.
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I had been doing big water changes every 3-4 days. I think this week I am going to wait a week and let the skimmer work. The problem with doing them every few days is it takes about a day before the skimmer really starts working again. Then it runs for a day, I change the water and then it has to build up pressure again. So I am going to wait till this coming weekend and let the skimmer work and the BioClean populate and work. Does that sound right or should I continue to do water changes every 3-4 days?
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1) I would cut back to 1 PWC a week and see how it goes.
2) You can add your CUC anytime now.
3) Why are you getting so much skimmate if you have nothing in your tank?
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1) I would cut back to 1 PWC a week and see how it goes.
2) You can add your CUC anytime now.
3) Why are you getting so much skimmate if you have nothing in your tank?
I had been doing some cleaning of my sand a little at a time. So the skim is from stuff floating in the tank. I also do have a starfish and a few hermits. I am hoping that the skim is nitrates going down.
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The skimmer does remove DOC's. Dissolved organic compounds).
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