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Old 08-06-2013, 12:12 PM   #311
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Okay, I'll cut it down to once a day. Yeah, I went ahead an did a water change last night. Better safe than sorry. Thanks grizz!
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So, parameters have returned back to 0... Other than nitrate. Nitrate looks to be 10ppm. Is it a necessity to get nitrate down to 0 as well? I do have a small bit of chaeto in the back of the tank.
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So, parameters have returned back to 0... Other than nitrate. Nitrate looks to be 10ppm. Is it a necessity to get nitrate down to 0 as well? I do have a small bit of chaeto in the back of the tank.
My nitrates stay at about 10. Never had any problems because of it.
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My nitrates stay at about 10. Never had any problems because of it.
Been doing some reading and found some sources say no more than 5... Hmmm... I haven't really vacuumed anything from the sand or rocks, and I have yet to clean the powerhead. I'm sure once I implement that in to my cleaning routine I might see some lower numbers. Reason being, I'm starting to see some hair algae, so I'd like to get trates down as low as possible. I've also been thinking of incorporating some kind of red macro algae in to the scape to hopefully suck up some of the excess nutrients.
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Been doing some reading and found some sources say no more than 5... Hmmm... I haven't really vacuumed anything from the sand or rocks, and I have yet to clean the powerhead. I'm sure once I implement that in to my cleaning routine I might see some lower numbers. Reason being, I'm starting to see some hair algae, so I'd like to get trates down as low as possible. I've also been thinking of incorporating some kind of red macro algae in to the scape to hopefully suck up some of the excess nutrients.
That would definitely help! My tank is extremely new (Newer than yours) and I'm trying to figure out how to keep my nitrates a little lower. I've heard that helps. I added some chaeto to see if that will help too. Hair algae es no bueno! What kind of red macro algae are you looking at getting?
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That would definitely help! My tank is extremely new (Newer than yours) and I'm trying to figure out how to keep my nitrates a little lower. I've heard that helps. I added some chaeto to see if that will help too. Hair algae es no bueno! What kind of red macro algae are you looking at getting?
Not really sure yet. Something more fine and small to fit with the proportions of the tank... I'm sure you have the luxury of a sump though...
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Not really sure yet. Something more fine and small to fit with the proportions of the tank... I'm sure you have the luxury of a sump though...
Ahh. I don't have a sump. I wish i did. my set up is a little ghetto but it works for me. I have a small Refugium type thing hanging in my tank for some biological filtration. All I have is chaeto (and some Kenya trees I plucked since they're getting out of control and someone is supposed to pick them up.) I want some more beneficial algaes to put in there, I just don't know what yet. I'm looking for something a little thicker so it can't fall through the slots in the little box. Here is my tank.



Edit: (I transferred everything over so I had to kind of try to insta-cycle/fish-in cycle it. It was nerve racking!)
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We strive for 0 nitrAtes but even the ocean has some trace just try to keep them as low as you can, the hair algae will lock up some of those trAtes so you may get a spike when you remove it. Blast your rocks with a turkey baster just before doing a WC it will help lower your trAtes also

PS the tank is looking good.
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Ahh. I don't have a sump. I wish i did. my set up is a little ghetto but it works for me. I have a small Refugium type thing hanging in my tank for some biological filtration. All I have is chaeto (and some Kenya trees I plucked since they're getting out of control and someone is supposed to pick them up.) I want some more beneficial algaes to put in there, I just don't know what yet. I'm looking for something a little thicker so it can't fall through the slots in the little box. Here is my tank.

Edit: (I transferred everything over so I had to kind of try to insta-cycle/fish-in cycle it. It was nerve racking!)
Your tank looks really nice! Not ghetto at all, I really like it! Have you thought of doing an Aqua Clear 70 or 110 refugium mod? You can run your chaeto in there and still have room for some chemical media and filter floss or polyfil. Something like that would be more suitable on your size/style of tank than mine!

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We strive for 0 nitrAtes but even the ocean has some trace just try to keep them as low as you can, the hair algae will lock up some of those trAtes so you may get a spike when you remove it. Blast your rocks with a turkey baster just before doing a WC it will help lower your trAtes also

PS the tank is looking good.
Thanks Grizz! I'll do my best to keep the tank clean, I think that'll really help. Tank is about a month old and I haven't vacuumed anything out. I've just been using a dixie cup to do water changes...
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A dixie cup? Gotta love those nano's Im using 32 gal. trash cans
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