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Old 11-14-2012, 01:50 PM   #1
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nitrates....

hi guys I really need urgent advice...we bought over a tank about 8 months ago.the nitrates were high when we got the tank and been struggling since then to get it down.its on 50mg/l hectic I know. its a standard 1.2m tank about 200l ifbi am not mistaken.

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4 clowns
2 chromis
1 pajama caradinal
1 spotted surgeon
1 cleaner wrasse
1golden back goby
1 lawnmower blenny

corals
3 leather coral (2 different types)
1 hammer coral
1 moon coral
1 star polyp rock
xenia
1 open membrane
green polyps yellow polyps
1 torch coral
and a mushroom

the hammer coral and torch coral doing very bad.can see the white part in which the coral grows.the open membrane also not opening as it used to.

I had a few beadlets in for a day but after doing research I got rid on them.

I have red sea nitrate and phosphate remover been through 2 bottels already as well as seachems Prime.

glass anemones and red hair algae growing like mad.

have reef octupus skimmer and some sand substrate in sump as well as plant that I got that lives on phosphates which I got at marine shop. do weekly water changes also tried every second week no difference. also clean out the skimmer bowl daily.

PLEASE HELP !!!!

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Old 11-14-2012, 04:51 PM   #2
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How much No3/po4 remover and prime do you dose per day? Prime will do nothing to reduce the nutrients. It will only detoxify it temporarily and should should be used for fish stress or fear of ammonia/nitrite/nitrate poisoning. 2 bottles of RSM No3/Po4 remover (carbon dosing) in 8 months is way too much if it has even been that long. Overdosing that stuff would be creating problems rather than fixing them. Ive used it, but in moderation and it works good. How efficient has your skimmer been? Carbon dosing usually sends skimmers into overdrive if your tank is heavy in nutrients.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:00 PM   #3
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RSM nitrate and phosphate remover 6ml every thIrd day and prime once every two weeks.
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skimmer is efficient can see its working.clean daily.when dosing it works well otherwise only works lightly.
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How much are you feeding? Do you have bio-balls? Also, the pads in the sump look pretty dirty. How often do you rinse them out (or your sock if you have one) in tap water? That could easily be the root cause.
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What are your nitrates reading at? I would break up the RSM dosing to 2ml daily and like coralline said check your filtration to make sure nothing there is breeding the nitrate.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:25 PM   #7
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Try getting some macro algea like dragons breath and cheato and mangroves that should help put them in the sand in ur sump
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Quick question on the mangroves. Do you burry them in the sand bed or expose the roots!
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I've seen them held in place by pieces of live rock in the sump but u will need to trim them and they don't reproduce the way dragons breath and cheato do
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:21 PM   #10
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I'm sure they float if not tied down by rock frags lol
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