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Old 12-05-2013, 03:28 PM   #11
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True but their waste is smaller lol. I know what you're saying. Do you have coppods? Any idea what the best way to get them out of the filter when cleaning it ? Haha they are always in there which is good bc they eat the crap but I'd like to preserve them as long as possible .
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Old 12-05-2013, 03:29 PM   #12
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Everybody wants inverts that eat fish waste...if they eat the waste, then they're just going to produce it again. It doesn't disappear haha
Exactly. I've actually always thought that algae eating critters do more to help keep the tank "clean". Waste does not magically disappear though, so get a CUC if you like watching critters, but don't look at them as magicians. They are absolutely not a necessity and don't do much to help with nitrates.
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What's a CUC?
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Old 12-05-2013, 04:05 PM   #14
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What's a CUC?
Clean up crew, so all of the invertebrates.
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Oh I never hear anyone call them CUC lol . Makes sense.
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Old 12-05-2013, 04:12 PM   #16
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You know your tank looks pretty clean and algea free, I'd be surprised of that reading of 160 ppm for nitrate is correct. I mean that is a super high number. My gut says do a couple of waterchanges and test again to see if it comes down, if not buy a better test kit than API.
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Yes and coralline grows in great water conditions, and that high of nitrates definitely isn't great. So my guess is it's incorrect. Maybe not though. Like Animal-Chin said, just do some major water changes and check again.
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Have you guys noticed that API Master Test Kit Nitrate in these test kits go bad? I had a previous one where I bought a new one and test from both kits and the older one (6 months after opened) went bad . I'm thinking maybe the same with this one possibly. I keep them all cover and follow the instructions.

Yeah I have a lot of Coraline algae . One reason why I'm bought some snails to help clean the glass bc scraping it sounds like nails on a chalk board lol.

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Ya and tanks usually look like swamps at 50, your test is showing 150...

Something seems off to me. Just sayin...
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I think you're right . What do you use?
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