Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 08-06-2005, 12:07 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Williamstown NJ
Posts: 56
low ph and nitrates

Checking paramaters t'day.......

nitrite 0
ammonia 0
nitrate 10
ph 7.9
ca 425
Spacificy gravity 1.02

I have a 55gal, 80lbs of live rock, bout 5 lbs live rubble in the sump getting some more this weekend, have been slowly removing my bioballs...have about 25% left. Running a protien skimmer, and have a DSB. Wondering why my nitrates haven't dropped, been hovering at 10 ppm even before I started removing the bio balls. USe ro/di for topoffs, and instant oceans for water changes. Also my ph is a little the low side. What would be the best way to bring it up?? Thought the DSB acted as a ph buffer.

Tank has been running for 8 months, hoping to get everything just right so i can get some corals.

Thanks
Liz
__________________

__________________
it's a free trip around the sun...enjoy the ride
dizzyliz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2005, 12:41 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Nebraska, USA
Posts: 6,703
DSB is a denitrafier. If you used aragonite based sand, it will help buffer some.

I see no alkalinity listed...test that, as alk and pH are directly related to each other.

Also, salinity: 1.02....what? 1.020? 1.029? need to know that last digit.

everything you have listed sounds ok, aside from needing alkalinity.


you could start with some corals now...though you'd want soft, hardy mushrooms until that nitrate drops. are you getting much skimmate? how often are your water changes?

I'd put some Chaeto in your sump...that stuff sucks up nitrates and phosphates like a sponge, and doesn't go toxic like caulupra.
__________________

__________________
Former advisor and planted tank geek...life's moved on though.
malkore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2005, 01:48 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Williamstown NJ
Posts: 56
It is argonite sand. I dont have a test kit for alk will look at getting one, and will have to learn how the 2 r tied together. Sry the salilty is 1.022. I get very little skimmate maybe one or 2 ounces a week. I do a 20% change every 4-5 weeks.
__________________
it's a free trip around the sun...enjoy the ride
dizzyliz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2005, 11:43 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Cherry Hill New Jersey
Posts: 238
"I'd put some Chaeto in your sump...that stuff sucks up nitrates and phosphates like a sponge, and doesn't go toxic like caulupra. "

What's Chaeto? Wasn't that a '70s Charles Bronson movie?

Seriously, it sounds like it might be good to get.

Mike
__________________
120 g FOWLR, Pro Clear 200 19 gal. sump (bio balls removed), 50# Walt Smith FiJi LR, 150# reefersrock base, 300# DSB, Iwaki MD 20 return, (2) Rio 600s, (2) Hagen 802s, Amiracle Quad II skimmer, (2) Coralife 4 X 65s, 2 Lebo moonlights, (2) 120 mm vent. fans,

(2) Perc. Clowns, (1) Yellow Tang, (1) cleaner shrimp, (2) Henis, pending: Foxace Lo, Flame Angel, blue legs, scarlets, 4 emerald crabs, nassarius snails, 50 mexican turbos, (1) good bankruptcy attorney when this hobby blows out of control!
spinman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2005, 07:09 PM   #5
steve-s
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Chaetomorpha is a green macro algae, goes by the common name spaghetti algae. I wouldn't advise adding this to your main tank but it is a great addition to a refugium or as Malkore suggested the sump if room's available. Nutrient control via macro algaes is only effective if the algae is harvested and tossed on a regular basis though.

Cheers
Steve
__________________
  Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
low ph, nitrates

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fishless cycle and low nitrates orchid1 Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 4 06-08-2009 02:19 PM
Are water changes still necessary if Nitrates are low? Dekz Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 2 05-21-2009 04:01 AM
Using EI - but getting low nitrates Atl300zx Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 9 04-18-2007 08:58 AM
Low Nitrates, What can I do? u2_Crazy Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 3 06-24-2006 06:50 PM
Low nitrates Keepers_girl Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 6 07-07-2004 10:06 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:04 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.