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Old 03-02-2005, 01:30 AM   #1
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Can't keep my nitrates down

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I am having trouble keeping my nitrates down. I tested today and my nitrates are at 20ppm. Any suggestions on this. Is my tank overstocked?
I cut down my feedings to light ones every other day. I will be buying more live rock most likely tomorrow. I was wondering also if phos-x or nitrex would help with my nitrate problem. Please Help!!!!!
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Old 03-02-2005, 01:43 AM   #2
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Regular water changes will help as will a macroalgae refugium.
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Old 03-02-2005, 01:48 AM   #3
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I am still really new to this great and wonderful hobby.
My tank is in my room and would a 29 gal really need a refugium?
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MAIN TANK:
30 gallon reef tank w/DIY overflow, SCWD
Water Temp 78.1F
65W Dual Compact Fluorescent
65W Dual Compact Fluorescent Actinic
2-Moonlight LED
50# Fiji Live Rock
30# Argonite Sand
FISH:
Yellow Watchman Goby, Scooter Blenny, Strawberry Basslet, 6 Line Wrasse, Mandarin Dragonet
INVERTS:
Cortez Crabs, Scarlet Hermit Crabs, Blue Legged Hermit Crabs, Black Turbo Snails, Cerith Snails, Bumble Bee Snails, Astera Snails, 3 Pepermint Shrimp, Feather Duster, Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, Clam
CORALS:
Frogspawn, Mushrooms, Zoos, Polyps, Galaxea,
Starburst, Xenia

REFUGIUM:
10 Gallon Tank
CPR Bak-Pak2R Skimmer
2-10w 50/50 Compact Florescent
20# Argonite Sand
10# Fiji Live Rock/Rubble
Chaeto, Red Garacillia
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Old 03-02-2005, 02:07 AM   #4
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It certainly wouldn't hurt. Your Coral Beauty will eat macroalgae harvested from your fuge. Added pod production (food source) is also an added benefit. More importantly in your case -- nutrient export.

Refugiums are also interesting biotopes to view!

BTW, I also have a horseshoe crab in my tank. I'm probably going to give him away (size is a problem). They are fascinating to watch though!
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I recently added a fuge to my 28 gal. Not only for nitrate reduction but also for the expanded water volume which makes care easier. I was also able to move my skimmer and heater out of the main tank to help with clutter.
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Old 03-02-2005, 10:10 AM   #6
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Three major contributors to nitrates are overstocking, overfeeding and CC substrate. I do not think you are over-stocked, feeding looks okay and you use LS so that rules all of those out. The best way to get them down is to do regula and frequent water changes. Adding a skimmer and a bunch of live rock will sure help. Shoot for between 1.5-2ls/gal of LR. It is your best option to keep NO3 down.
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