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Old 06-28-2014, 08:29 PM   #181
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Nitrate levels of 20 ppm and less are harmless. I wouldn't really worry about it if I were you but if it bothers you, I would suggest doing a few more water changes.
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Old 06-28-2014, 09:50 PM   #182
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Nitrate levels of 20 ppm and less are harmless. I wouldn't really worry about it if I were you but if it bothers you, I would suggest doing a few more water changes.

20ppm can cause quite problems with algae and fish. I say 10ppm is a
Little algae and harmless to fish, 5ppm is great. 0-ish is what you really want to keep algae out (along with phosphates).. And will not cause problems.
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Old 06-29-2014, 01:15 AM   #183
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Thanks! I try to keep mine under or around 5 ppm if possible! I don't mine a bit of algae for the hermits to munch on
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Thanks! I try to keep mine under or around 5 ppm if possible! I don't mine a bit of algae for the hermits to munch on

I think a little bit of algae, is a sign of a healthy and mature tank.
However, if the tank is overrun with algae, then it's poor work on the owners part.
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:02 AM   #185
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Are you running a refugium?

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Old 06-30-2014, 08:27 AM   #186
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No. Lights are getting upgraded then a refugium. Just saving some $$$$ for it
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Old 07-03-2014, 12:54 AM   #187
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I'd like I get the litereef sump/Refugium. But $800 is a lot of cash Looking into diy acrylic to build my own.
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:18 PM   #189
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Officially month 7.
Took a week vacation
Tank survived for te most part
Water test first thing tommorrow
The goniopora fell face down on te sand bed. So I've got exposed skeleton on it(((. Gotta get new bulbs once I get paid.
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Week 3. Month 7.
Just got back from the field
Lots of brown algae? Looks like diatoms almost. On the sandbed. I removed as much as possible thru a siphons and replaced 5 gallons
Nitrates are high. Going to do a 5 gal wc everyday until it's under control
Maybe 8 gallons.
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