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Old 12-07-2008, 06:24 PM   #11
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20 is acceptable for a fish setup.

Not sure if "featherduster algae type things" are diatoms.


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Originally Posted by brianf40us View Post
My nitrates were at 40 and now at 20 with Pwc I do a water change every day sometimes every other day to lower the nitrates. My goal is 10. Is 20 Ok to work with or is that still high for a FOWLR setup. I plan on going to a reef system in a couple of months and i know the Nitrates should be low around 10.

I will be getting a HOB Refugium for Xmas i hope. Do these help with the Nitrates alot. And how do i set it up do you pack it full with live sand and those nitrate eating plants. (i forget the name of them )

I am also having a problem with Diatoms (little featherduster algae type things.) that are growing in my tank will they die once the tank establishes more.
10-20 Nitrates is ok for a FOWLR. Your goal of 10 is better and lower then that would be great.

You should get setup instructions with a new HOB refugium. From the HOB's that I have looked at the usually have a decent amount of sand and a little bit of LR rubble and the rest is packed full of macro algae.

Diatoms is a dusty looking covering on the sand and sometimes on the rock as well as glass.

Feather dusters are actually tube worms that extend a "feather" out of the tube to filter food out of the water column. A feather duster is an ok thing to have in your tank.

I'm guessing you are talking about the brown dusty looking stuff on the sand bed??

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