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Old 10-12-2011, 08:36 AM   #11
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tank is 35g 6lb live rock crushed coral not got my skimmer running yet but its a biopro sk75 feed either brine shrimp misis shrimp and rotifiers about every other day. i have a sand sifting star cleaner shrimp common clown sulphur goby strawberry baslet green mandarin valantini puffer zoas xenia and leather toadstool. i use api saltwater master test. i was doing test wrong for ages then read book and did it right and it was over 160 iv done 2 20% water changes. its comming down but not much
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Old 10-12-2011, 10:25 AM   #12
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Crushed coral can be a prime suspect. How long has it been in the tank. I've read plenty of posts over the years about how nitrates are a problem with it. I'd bump up the rock to at 35-50 lbs also.
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:31 AM   #13
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really should i change it for live sand. also as live rock is very expensive i can only add a little at a time. its £15 for 2lb. also the crushed coral sand has been in there for about 3 months
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There are plenty who have changed it to sand for just that reason. Also, look into base rock. Much cheaper and it'll look like the live stuff in no time. But you do need more rock to help with the bilogical filtration.
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:58 AM   #15
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so even though i have only 6lb live rock if i add more base rock this will do the same job as live rock
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Base rock will turn to live rock over time. I would get that skimmer running asap and see how that helps. Crushed coral has a lot of crevices for harmful matter to hide. I find it amazing you aren't losing fish at this point
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why would i be loseing fish. is base rock the same as ocean rock. i thought nitrate was not harmfull to inhabitants
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why would i be loseing fish. is base rock the same as ocean rock. i thought nitrate was not harmfull to inhabitants
In low levels it is not but it is best to keep it below 10 at the very least and below 5 if you can. Of course 0 is even better.
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20 or below is totally acceptable for most.
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Hi best idea is to get your protein skimmer up and running,also i have found 'polyfilter' very good at reducing nitrate and loads of other nasty stuff! If your tank smells 'fresh' then its probably cured ok,just need some more living rock.
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