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Old 03-22-2015, 05:07 PM   #11
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You might just be over feeding and the kind of food you feed. If it's frozen do you rinse and how much do you feed?
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Old 03-22-2015, 05:52 PM   #12
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I feed live brine shrimp once a week and the rest is pellets

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My test is reading phosphates just about 0

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What test kit are you using to test for PO4 and do you have any algae issues?


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What substrate and do you vacuum?
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I used argonite sand and I vacuum about half an inch down. I did have a little bit of algae problems about 4 months ago, but I switched to distilled and it's been good ever since

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Disturbing your substrate will create problems. Do not vacuum cause it interrupts the denitrification process. That's the reason of your high nitrate.
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ah okay, that makes sense then, thanks for the help

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ah okay, that makes sense then, thanks for the help

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I'd try and blow off your rockwork before a water change and siphoning out any gunk which comes off.

A lot of things can go wrong if you disturb a sandbed which hasn't been touched in a while, so just a light skimming over its surface will do fine.

Detritus build up will wreak havoc on any nano.


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Get some CUCs so you don't have to vacuum substrate.
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Get some CUCs so you don't have to vacuum substrate.

How is adding more bioload to a tank with Nitrate issues going to solve anything?

Sand skimming is all that's required.


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