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Old 06-03-2010, 03:57 PM   #161
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Daniel, even though he took his shrimp out he still has lots of Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) is a broad classification for organic molecules of varied origin and composition within aquatic systems. This will feed his tank until he will see nitrates appearing in his test. I for one would have left the shrimp in, but either way will work.
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ok that makes some sense to me. i didnt even think about food(shrimp) particles still in the water.
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:07 PM   #163
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Yes, that is why in a marine tank we use a protein skimmer to remove this DOC and keep our Nitrates at or close to 0 as possible.
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Reason i took out the shrimp was because there was nothing left but the tail lol. Which i don't think decays. lol.
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No problem as it works either way. lol
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Oh alright.. cool. Pics of the tank with new light tomorrow! Woot.

I'm syked guys.. it's almost that time to start stocking! Nitrites are now at .25ppm.. but Nitrates still seem to be zero. Really wierd. Is there ANYONE who knows why i don't have nitrates?
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As long as you have nitrites you won't have any nitrates.
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But i thought as the nitrites go down, the nitrates go up? Am i wrong?
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Didnt you say you have a fuge going right now? That would account for no nitrates, especially considering that you had little ammonia to start off the whole process.
If not macroalgea, microalgae would also be consuming what little may be showing up.
I had nitrates while nitrites were going down during my cycle, but I also started off with ammonia over 8ppm
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See i mean.. that's what i was thinking. Considering i have TONS of diatoms and lots of small patches of green algae growing all over the place. Diatoms have been cutting back in the past day or two.. but theres still a ton lol. I keep my light on 24/7 so.. ya.
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