Originally Posted by Talon
I will start by doing some larger water changes but don't really want this to be the permanent fix since that will be a lot of water. I will wait for my refugium to start helping. I also have been doing lots of reading about bio pellets, and dosing carbon. I think I am going to try and start dosing vinegar. Looks to be the safest and effective way to control nitrates and phosphates as long as I can keep the ph in check.
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fair enough, but I personally don't see how employing a method that requires regular dosing of an element and testing to ensure it's working is safer.
Using bio-pellets is pretty much a "set it and forget it" type of solution. Once the bacteria colonies get establishedin the pellets (about 10 days)
it requires no more maintenance than replenishing them occasionally.
I've never been a fan of using additives or dosing things.
But that's me. I like fiddling with the hardware and get that as efficient as possible so I don't have to worry about water chemistry as much.
Actually tested all parameters last week for the first time in about 6 months and everything was pretty much good, >5ppm for nitrate and ~.10 for phosphate, thanks to bio-pellets, macro algea, small DSB
, and bio-media that is perfect for de-nitrifying bacteria.