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Old 04-30-2006, 05:51 PM   #1
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No3 help !

ok i have a 55g reef with 4 inch dsb. 80 lbs lr established for 4 years. i just did a water change maybe 10 gallons of ro/di water about 5 hours ago. i have a tomato clown hosted to a lta and a mandarin. i have shrooms and polyps. 2 power heads and a cpr bakpak2 skimmer.

i just tested my levels

ph 8.2
salinity 1.023
ammonia 0.00
nitrite 0.00
nitrate 40-80 ppm.

i have a penguin 330 filter with a cabon insert and in teh other tray is a plant i got a form of algea

it looks like a wire mesh ball that youll find near your sink. but its green. i have some in there and in my cpr bakpak2 reef ready skimmer where the bio material should be. my copopod refuge if you want to call it for i have so many copopods. here it is







i dose my tank once a day with Mark Weisse combo vital and feed my fish 2 times a week everything seems happy shroom are in full bloom amenone is full bloom and ginormous.

can anyone help bring my no3 down and why the dramatic rise? last time i did a WC was about 2 weeks ago and i just did one about 15 percent with rodi hmm.

any help will be appreciated!
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You sure that test kit is OK? Seems like an anenome wouldn't be alive now with nitrates that high - or won't be soon. Anything in the tank looking weird/stressed? Any bio bale or bio-ball media anywhere? Do you vacuum sand? whould help to keep some sand stirrers in there, Nassarius snails are my favorite.

That green ball stuff is a macro algae called chaetomorpha I think. Google on Chaeto. You'll find it. It shouldn't have anything to do w/the nitrates I don't think. Make sure it doesn't get too dense. Gonna peel some off every once in a while and sell it to the LFS or give/sell it to friends.

Also, what is combo vital about? Never used it. If a food or phytoplankton type thing, it could be a concern for increased 'trates - just like any other overfeeding.
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ok so i found the culprit of my nitrate spike it was indeed my RODI water i got from a LFS 8 gallons of it indeed! threw a poly filter in anemones doing great so is everything else. wont indeed do that again thanks !
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LFS sold you NO3 water?
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yeah they did its a huge retailer like petco .. not a comfy lfs i usualy go., i dont think they change thier filter pads. seriously my No3 was nearly 0 then 40 almost 80 ppm with a 20 percent water change with the " ro/di" water .. im sticking to tap or distilled from now on., !

combo vital is foloow the link its a buffer check it out i used to when i wa curing my lr and i have NO die off! its a suppliment .

http://www.marcweissco.com/marine/co...mbo_vital.html
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