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Old 04-22-2014, 12:28 AM   #11
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One more question. If my skimmer is not strong 5, would that raise my nitrates. There not to bad but a little high. .20 on the test strip at the lfs. I do weekly water changes of 10 ti 13 gallons. So I'm wondering if a stronger skimmer would be my answer. I feed 1 to 2 times a day. Pellets and frozen. I have 5 small fish.

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Old 04-22-2014, 11:21 AM   #12
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One more question. If my skimmer is not strong 5, would that raise my nitrates. There not to bad but a little high. .20 on the test strip at the lfs. I do weekly water changes of 10 ti 13 gallons. So I'm wondering if a stronger skimmer would be my answer. I feed 1 to 2 times a day. Pellets and frozen. I have 5 small fish.

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well, your water changes sound good especially weekly, but for 5 tiny fish, your feedings are killing you, and im going to assume that yes your skimmer is not able to keep up with the bioload in your tank from overfeeding, and detritus material. also i dont think i asked you, what is your clean up crew in your tank? believe it or not they actually help out alot with uneaten food that settles in your rocks where fish cant get to it.

your answer right now is take your feedings down to 3x a week, like monday, wednesday, and friday, and maybe some small treats on the weekends like a few mysis shrimp but its up to you. that should drop your nitrates, and even if it only drops 5-10ppm its helping you out, but a consistent 20ppm nitrate level even with weekly water changes is just overfeeding.
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Old 04-22-2014, 12:15 PM   #13
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I have a good clean up crew, maybe to much. I have 5 hermit crabs, 5 or 6 snails. I have a cleaner shrimp that is always hungry scavenging for food.
I have 2 clownfish, 2 blue green chromis, and a 6 line wrass. Also a Condy anemone. I will try feeding 3 X week. It's hard because they always look hungry.

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Old 04-22-2014, 12:21 PM   #14
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Here is a picture of my tank. I love this hobby, it is so interesting. I'm seeing a echo system more so now. IV noticed a brittle star in my rock and last night a small little clam must of came off my live rock. And a white starfish. I think I take more pictures of my tank than my son. Lol.

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Melissa that tank looks great, and i know how you feel about the fish always looking hungry, but theyre active fish, all the fish on your stock list are active fish, so activity usually doesnt mean hunger, and fish do have good memory believe it or not so if they learn that daily whenever your near the tank they get fed, well whenever you or anyone get close to the tank they will get excited and wait at the surface for food, its just what theyre used too. i hope the less frequent feeding work out for you, i know it will.
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Thank you Big Tex, you have helped me alot. I will use your advise and do some changes. Have a nice day!!!

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Thank you Big Tex, you have helped me alot. I will use your advise and do some changes. Have a nice day!!!

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your welcome Melissa, thats what were here for, keep us updated in this thread about your findings and your parameters, any other questions, im subscribed to this thread so ill see em and try my best to answer em as they come,
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Here is a update. My protein skimmer died. It wasn't a very good one. Just bought a eshops s-120. I think it will be much better. Also I got rid of the divider in my sump between the sock and skimmer so there will be more flow.

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How's your sludge problem now?
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Old 04-27-2014, 05:37 PM   #20
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Not bad, it just looks little sandy. Next time I clean the sump, I'll use a hose and pump to get it all out. I'm feeding even other day like you said and I'll do another big water change later this week. Hopefully my nitrates will start to come down.

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