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Old 05-10-2011, 08:59 PM   #1
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New Red Sea Max 250

I am new to this but as everyone knows it is a must to do all of the research before getting into this hobby. After reading several books I decided to get the Rsm 250. It has been up and running for 3 months now. I have 100lbs of live rock and 80lbs of sand, two peppermint shrimp and two clowns. I have a great clean up crew and my tank is factory except the chiller that I added and the chemipure. I have a ro/di unit that I use to mix my own water. The problem that I have is after 3 months I still don't have great water quality. Ammonia: .1
Nitrite: .1
Nitrate: 25ppm
Ph: 8.3
I have some green and brown alage but not much as I only run my lights 6 hrs a day. I do a 10% water change once a week and i feed the fish sparingly. I want to get some corals but don't feel as if the tank is ready yet. Any advice would be much appreciated.
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How often do you do a partial water change? Was it a new tank when you got it? (old lights can lead to some probs) have you tested your kit against another(lfs)? And finally, have you tested your ro/di water to make sure thats pure?

Nm i see the 10%pwc weekly the others are still valid questions though
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Oh yeah and how much liverock so you have?
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I haven't tested my ro water. And I have used the same test kit since I started the tank is new and it came with the test kit. Any advice on a good dependable test kit?
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api and salifert make good test kits api is cheaper but salifert is more expensive but a little more sensitive
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Before buying another have your lfs test it and see how it compares if theres a difference then spend themoneyona new kit.
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Before buying another have your lfs test it and see how it compares if theres a difference then spend themoneyona new kit.
K thanks for all of the help. Anyone know a good replacement skimmer for the red sea max 250?
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Old 05-14-2011, 10:12 PM   #8
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Thanks for the advice I got a new test kit...API, and my water is in excellent condition. Thanks for all of the help.
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Old 05-15-2011, 12:07 AM   #9
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Make a build thread!!!
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