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Old 11-08-2009, 10:10 AM   #81
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You've mentioned several times about using "BioClean". Not sure what that is, but if it's some type of bacterial supplement, and there's nothing in there for the bacteria to eat (ammonia from fish), then the bacteria is going to die off. And bacteria dieing off creates... nitrates.

I did some searching and found several snake oil... err... I mean "aquarium helpers" called "BioClean". Not sure what exactly the stuff is, but I'd wonder if that's not the source of your mystery nitrates - either directly or indirectly.

Adding uncured reef rock will cause die off, but I wouldn't think that'd be enough to boost the nitrate levels that much in a few days. I'd be suspicious of the stuff you're putting in the tank.
you might be onto something here with the bacteria dying because of no fish and no ammonia. I did a 15g water change yesterday and added a vial of the Biodigest and a vial of Bioptum well this morning the Nitrates are lower they are below 5ppm. Adding the two Green Chromis might have been the ticket. The bacteria might have died because there were no fish in the tank. It is lower the morning than it was after I did the PWC yesterday. Keep fingers crosssed! I will try and get a pic of sometime today of the tank and what it looks like now!
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Old 11-08-2009, 10:13 AM   #82
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I really want to once again thank all you for your help and or advice. I know it must seem that this thread will never end. I am hoping that people can youse this thread later if they have Nitrate problems like I did. So I am trying to keep it detailed until my nitrates are 0 and I have some corals in the tank!
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:14 PM   #83
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Photos of progress

So I finally got around to taking some pics of my tank this morning. Here are some pics. Looks much better! Thanks all! Can you see the difference you all have made?

This is a pic when I started trying to fix the Nitrates



These are pics of the tank today!

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and then the whole tank!



o and a pic of what I hope is coraline algae

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Looks like some pretty good progress. Keep up the good work.
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back up to 10ppm tonight, WTH! would the clean up crew and sand bed team help?
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In my opinion, adding just 2 chromis isn't going to make the nitrates jump like you're finding in just two days - even without a cleanup crew.

Personally... I'd stop with adding the junk and see if your problem doesn't go away. 'Betcha it does.
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might start doing 8-10g water changes twice a week instead of doing 15 once a week, maybe I am doing to much at once and causing a mini cycle?
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stop adding bacteria?
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I was under the impression that you are supposed to add bacteria to replenish it? I was adding to replenish my sand bed, live rock, and new reef rock. I have cut back to every two weeks.
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