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Old 11-03-2005, 02:57 AM   #1
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nitrate trouble

my nitrates used to be around 20 ppm but now they are around 30.... so worried about it getting worse i need help trying to get it under control. help please

72 gal with 18 gal refuge
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3 inch sand bed
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1 tiger sea cucumber
10 green chromis
2 black saddleback clowns
1 yellow assessor
1 lawnmower blenny
1 fridmani dottyback
1 randall's shrimp goby
1 pistol shrimp
1 engineer goby
1 cleaner shrimp
lots of live critters on the live rock.

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let me know what you think i should do next. do you think there might be a chance my test strips went bad? has anybody ever had that problem? thanks

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Old 11-03-2005, 07:13 AM   #2
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I wouldn't rely on test strips. Heard about too many water tests gone bad. I know most of your fish are the smaller types, but there there may be too many. I'd also watch the amount of food. What are your feeding routines anyway?

You could also use more hermits IMO.

Or maybe the constant struggle @ 20ppm and the amount of fish - that are growing - finally just caught up with you.


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Old 11-03-2005, 07:21 AM   #3
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16 fish in a 72 gal would be my anwser to why its so high. Get a different test kit to start with and check your tank and top off water. You already have a fuge so the only other way is to do water changes, just make sure your new SW has no nitrates. If your going to have that many fish you will be doing more WC to keep things in check.
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Old 11-03-2005, 10:29 AM   #4
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More rock would help with your nitrates. Also try cleaning the foam pad on your sump/fuge. Rinse it real well, and I would do a water change.
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a water change will help in the short term.

long term you have few options
reducing the bioload (by returning some of the fish)
drasticly increasing the volume of your system with a larger refugium with more LR rubble and substrate.
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these are all small fish, only the blenny and engineer goby are over 2 inches.. i'll try adding some more rock.
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Old 11-03-2005, 01:03 PM   #7
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Don't forget frequent water changes with RO or RO/DI water to bring down the concentration of DOC's.

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Prolly don't need the canister filter in the mix unless it is strictly used empty for water flow reasons.
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Your feedings need to be cut back to every other day so as to reduce the organics in your tank
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does base rock so the same???
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Old 11-04-2005, 08:10 PM   #10
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Base rock is the same as live rock, it just hasn't been populated with the useful bacteria and life yet. Once it acquires it, it will perform its duty.
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