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Old 06-17-2011, 05:36 AM   #11
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The bio balls are most likely why your nitrates are at 40. Bio balls are a bit too efficiant when it comes to nitrification and tend to be nitrate factories. It would be good to remove them over time like you were thinking and i am pretty sure your nitrates will drop down below 20 from removing them. You could also add some lr rubble to your sump to add to filtration. You could add some more flow too depending on what corals you want to keep.
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Alright. So my next purchase is another power head. I'm going to do that as soon as possible. I just got a little frogspawn. We'll see how that turns out. I know they don't like much water flow. So I may have to do some rockscaping for him. Although I do love rockscaping.
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Old 06-17-2011, 05:37 PM   #13
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If you can afford them, I like the Korellia units better than power heads. Much more flow for the size.
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If you can afford them, I like the Korellia units better than power heads. Much more flow for the size.
I also vote for the koralia's. I use them on all my tanks.
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:04 PM   #16
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I can't afford the wavemake controller. That's why I went with the coralife. I mean I did all the research on them, and the technology is awesome. I just can't dish out the 250 or whatever it is before I get any extra water flow in my tank.
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Old 06-17-2011, 11:25 PM   #17
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I had a controller a long time ago, but it is burned out. I ordered power strip on eBay for $50 that had two timed outlets, allowing alternate pumps to turn on and off. Pretty simple, but I don't think that complexity always yields better results.
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If you have a lot of live rock you could go with a maxijet and hide it in amongst the rocks. They are real strong for the cost, but definitely not compact. Only disappointment was the lack of a holding magnet.
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They have to be cleaned periodically, so they should be in a location that is also serviceable. All of them require periodic maintenance.
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Old 06-18-2011, 01:45 AM   #20
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I've heard stories of cyano growing in front of powerheads, meaning that has nothing to do with water flow or lack there of. And isn't too much flow bad for some softer corals, like my frogspawn for example?
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