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Old 11-11-2012, 12:21 AM   #1
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Nitrate Poisoning?

I found my copperband stuck on powerhead and where it is usually is silver turned light brown. Nitrate level is at 160 ppm. I am going to do a water change tonight. I think the nitrates went up because one of the powerheads keeps falling and mixing up gravel. Also been had ballast capacitor blow up and had to solder a new capacitor and fuse in so 2 t5s went down for 4 hrs.

Tank-125gal 6ft long (no idea what the other demensions are)
Light-Odyssea 4x80w t5ho with timer
Sump-20gal
Protein skimmer-red sea 25-250gal triple pass
Return pump-650gph

I think some of this need to be improved im working on getting a protein skimmer and i think the return pump should be alot higher gph. Any opinions on a better setup? And id have a reef yet.
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:37 AM   #2
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Also are skimmers better in the sump as apposed to it being pump feed outside pump?
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Old 11-11-2012, 02:32 AM   #3
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If I had room for an external sump I'd do that in a second. Anything to free up room for rocks and/or cheato.
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I do have an external sump just not very big... cheato? Im new to aquariums this year
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:24 AM   #5
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Chaeto is a type of macroalgae that consumes nitrates and phosphates when it grows. It is kept in a refugium (separate tank or section of the sump) with a light over it to grow. IMO an algae scrubber is MUCH better. I was in your situation (nitrate over 160) I added my algae scrubber and within two months they are holding at 20. Every water change they drop. But for you, get a mag 12 return, AA bigger sump (40g breeder or 55g) get a reef octopus NW 200, and an algae scrubber. That's pretty much my setup. Except I have a mag 18. But here's a pic of my setup.
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Old 11-11-2012, 02:10 PM   #6
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Ok thanks and ya have been kinda reading bout fuges and i was windering if we need a light like wuts on the aquarium.. and do u kno if my light is big enough? Or do i need another fixture with 2 t5s
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Just a cfl light from home depot would work fine for a algae scrubber or fuge.
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K ill try that i have a 40 gal breeder that i dont use need to clean it out though. Any ideas? A little bleach and get a good rinse or use somethin else?
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And i have a couple cabinet lights would that work it still has the bulb that were in it?
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