I have been battling with my nitrates for awhile now. and although I had 4 fish and several snails die (within the last two months) I suspected another potential problem.
When I set this tank up back in the summer I ordered 50 Lbs Of LR
and set it right on the glass, then poured the 127LBS of southdown in and around the rock base. I figured i would do this so the rock didn't tumble while it settled through the sand over time.
So, I would say approx 30 LBS is below the sand line. I have been told that this would creat Dead spots.
I am wondering if this would or could be the problem with high nitrates. what do ya'll think? If so would it be a bad thing for me to start pulling Rock up out of the sand.
readings are as follows
-- 0.5 meg/L
--- 2.0 meq/L
cal--- 350 ppm
--- 1.024 at 80 deg
the only inhabbitants are a colony of Yellow polyps
small colony of Brown Xenia
huge black Sea Urchin
and two huge crabs
So what should I do? should I pull the rock up? Or just let it be?