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Old 11-08-2012, 05:56 PM   #21
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Are you running a skimmer or just a canister filter?
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:10 PM   #22
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when I started I used a canister my trates were always through roof
so I lost the canister never had a issue again
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It's not the crushed coral IMO. Aragonite or crushed coral substrate are far better than sand for many reasons. You could run chemipure or a nitrate reducer in a cheap reactor to help lower nitrates. But the nitrates are coming from some organic source, over feeding, live rock breakdown, poor efficiency filtration, areas of low flow where detritus can build up. It also means that if your phosphates are zero that your tank is cycling properly. Get a skimmer and a sump, that will help a lot.
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:42 PM   #24
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Have you tried testing your ro/di? I tested mine the other day and found phosphates and ammonia and its what I use to feed my ato. (No wonder I got cyano and gha trouble)
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:16 PM   #25
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I agree about the biomedia in your canister. It's far better to remove it completely and replace it with a bag of Purigen and ChemiPure Elite. If you don't have a skimmer the Purigen and ChemiPure should help remove some dissolved organics before they get broken down into nitrates. The bio-balls will only convert ammonia from the fish into nitrate as fast as they produce it. If you use your canister as a chemical media filter only you'll be far better off. You could keep the filter pads but I'd rinse them weekly in regular tap water to stop them from becoming nitrifying media.

You have plenty of live rock for nitrification. The amount of fish you have should not require any more bio-media than your rock will provide. Once you get your sump set up and running for a while I'd shelve the canister completely. It becomes more of a hassle after you upgrade to a sump system anyway. After you transition your filtration things should start to go whole a lot better.

The one thing that could cause everything to go badly is overfeeding. Please feed only what your fish can completely eat in about 20 seconds once or twice a day MAX until your nitrate levels start to bottom out. Good luck.
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:17 PM   #26
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I have a protein skimmer and I get my water from my lfs.
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:21 PM   #27
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Thanks coralline ill take bio balls out ASAP. One thing that you made me think of is getting an additional power head for water movement as I only have one right now.
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And I feed every other day.
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:42 PM   #29
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Periodically test water from the fish store!

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I have a protein skimmer and I get my water from my lfs.
To be on the safe side, test the water from the fish store. Check it for nitrates using your test kit. Also try a TDS meter if have one. I know of a store that I would NEVER get water from. I doubt the hardly ever change the filter media for their R/O system.
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Ok ill test right now thanks softie
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