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Old 07-14-2005, 06:01 PM   #11
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and correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't a good deep sand bed also help reduce nitrates?
This is correct. However, to get the de-nitrafying benefits of a true DSB it really needs to be 5-6 inches in depth.
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i rinsed the chemi-pure thinking that it would help
Not really. Once the chemical has absorbed what it can it is done. Carbon and Chemi-pure should actually be rinsed in RO/DI water anyways. If tap is used the media will just absorb the the PO4 and NO3 from the tap water and, thus, shorten it's life dramatically.
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when you change out the carbon, lets say my reef carbon, do you throw away the used carbon, or can you rinse it and reuse it?
throw it.
Not sure what the self life of that test kit is but I would get a new one. Two years is pretty old.
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i feed once in the morning. that is it. about two or three pinches of flakes because the clowns just gulp down the flakes while the tang gets whatever sinks into the water. I asked a question about the coralline growing in such nitrate levels. Isnt this odd?
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Cut back feedings to once every other day. Hang some Nori for the tang and start feeding some vit. enriched mysis a couple times a week. The addition of the CA explains the coraline growth. Some algaes do also tend to flurish in the presence of NO3.
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sorry, I wasnt back sooner to answer about the chemi pure , but yes, I did mean it in regards to it being in the system too long and becoming a nitrate factory.
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oh yea, forgot to say that i do hang seaweed selects soaked in Garlic guard for the tang. Sorry about that.
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