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Old 11-06-2012, 09:35 PM   #11
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Ummm am I missing something or does no one know the size of the tank which would really help? Sorry if I'm missing something obvious lol
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:48 PM   #12
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75 gal sorry I don't think I mentioned it
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:48 PM   #13
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Do you have a sump? Do you have any plants to take up nitrates (i.e. micro algae or chaeto)? A deep sand bed also helps. I much rather use of regular grain aragonite rather than crushed coral at the bottom of a tank.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:51 PM   #14
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What are you using in your canister filter? I have no canister filter & use mostly natural filtration. My nitrates are always zero.
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I plan in switching to sand and I just built a sump but I haven't drilled the tank yet. In the filter there's filter pads and bio balls that I clean weekly
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:19 PM   #16
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My brother has been into reef systems for years and says bioballs are great for freshwater yet terrible for saltwater. There may be a better type media that you could put in the canister instead (Matrix by Seachem). Consider taking the bioballs out & running it with just carbon to see if it makes a difference for you levels. You can put plants right in your tank even before you get a sump ready.
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:23 PM   #17
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Anyone try "de nitrate" media from Seachem. It looks promissing!
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:15 AM   #18
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Use the instant ocean stuff.... Works like a charm!
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When you clean your filter all the time are you using tap water that is not treated/conditioner because that will kill beneficial bacteria.
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