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Old 03-14-2005, 06:39 PM   #1
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in tank nitrate eater

is there anything i can put in my tank plant or coral that will help lower nitrates? cheato? or will that just overtake my tank?
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Old 03-14-2005, 06:47 PM   #2
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Not that I know of. Doyou have a skimmer? That is the only thing I know that will really help the nitrate levels.
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Old 03-14-2005, 07:02 PM   #3
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no. i just have a hob filter w/carbon and floss. but i do 3 water changes a week (between 10 and 20%) and my nitrate is rarely below 20. Is this becasue i have such a small tank? cause i would hate to upgrade to a larger tank (which i plan on doing in a month) only to find i'm still doing water changes that often, but 20% of my 30 gallon tank would be 6 gallons not the easy 2 gallon water changes i do now with my 10gal tank. my nitrates are never this high in my freshwater tank.
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a DSB and live rock is a good why to keep nitrate down

a protein skimmer will help to
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Old 03-14-2005, 07:40 PM   #5
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i have a 3inch sand bed and 10lbs of live rock from liverocks.com
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Old 03-14-2005, 07:42 PM   #6
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how much would a decent protien skimmer cost for a 30gallon tank?
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A very good skimmer for your tank would be a cpr backpak. I would get one from captivereefs.com with the maxijet1200 pump. It will cost you $129 and you'll get a 6% discount by using the code aquariumadvice at checkout.
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Old 03-14-2005, 07:46 PM   #8
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45-60lbs of LR should help reduce NO3 in a 30gal tank.
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whats a maxijet1200 pump? is it an attached powerhead? dont let my "aquarium advice freak" status fool you, i'm still a newbie, just started in saltwater in january, so all the names of equipment are lost on me.
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whats a maxijet1200 pump?
It is simply a powerhead. Maxi-Jet is the name (made by Marineland) and 1200 is the model. I believe it pumps 290gal/hr.
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