Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 05-09-2011, 02:23 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Activist
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 161
Nitrate Problem

I haven't tested the water in a while because I never had this issue. But did a water change yesterday and the Nitrate was at about 30 (ADP test).
I'm going to do another water change tomorrow morning.
I have a wet and dry filter, and i've heard that they are nitrate factories. On top of the bioballs i have an extra sponge and bio pack for a hand-on-back Aqua-clear filter (for emergency quarantine tank purposes) in the wet and dry.

I just got two mandarines that i have been trying to get to eat consistently and i have been feeding pemysis shrimp with garlic about 2 times per day along with pellets.

I've heard that replacing the bioballs with live rock rubble is better and that i should do it little by little.
My questions are, should i remove the extra sponge and bio pack?
If i remove the bioballs do i really need to replace them with live rock since i have about 90 pounds of live rock in the main display.

I have 90 gallon tank that has been stablished for over a year and a half. Corals are opening up normally i would say and the fish seem fine.
The one thing that i just remember is that i do have the remora protein skimmer off because it slightly overflooded the gallon of milk container that i have collecting the dirt (about 3 weeks ago), and i haven't connected it because i've been putting off because i want to give it a good cleaning, which i will do today.

solidsnakejv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2011, 08:07 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
bavass's Avatar

POTM Champion
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Waynesboro Virginia
Posts: 1,797
I would ditch the wet dry and get a sump and a good skimmer. The mandarines nned pods living in and on your rocks to survive. They may take foods from you from time to time but if you don't have pods they will probably not make it.
bavass is offline   Reply With Quote


Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Nitrate problem...HELP Erok7620 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 12 06-21-2008 02:29 PM
Need help with Nitrate problem saywill Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 20 04-26-2007 04:05 PM
Serious Nitrate Problem aweav Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 9 03-21-2007 09:53 PM
Nitrate Problem Dmoney Saltwater Reef Aquaria 5 02-12-2007 01:36 PM
Nitrate problem shjuho Saltwater Reef Aquaria 7 08-23-2004 10:12 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:34 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.