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Old 02-03-2005, 12:32 PM   #11
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If you have enough LR, you can slowly start to remove the biomedia and just keep a close eye on you water parameters. With the bioload you have in your tank I am not sure I would recommend this though.

As for maintaining the bio balls remove about half of them and rinse them with SW from your next water change. Then do the 2nd half a couple weeks later. I would do this about every 3-4 months.

thoroughly vacuuming the cc will help as well if you are not already. What are your nitrates at now?

I suspect nitrates are a little high now and it will be difficult to get them to 0 without removing some of the bio load. Heavily loading our tank is common when starting out. I am in the same boat as for battling nitrates. I will be removing some bioload in the coming months.
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I try to keep the sump fairly full. If I do have to use water for top-off, I use the RO/DI from LFS.
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Old 02-03-2005, 12:42 PM   #13
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Maybe it is the Nitrates. . ..havent checked lately because friend borrowed testing kit and hasn't brought back , used to be at 0 though. I have about 110 lbs of LR. Tank is about 2 years old, but was moved to my care about 8 months ago.

And there I was thinking that SW wasn't bad. Never had any problems with my old 55 gal. . .maybe has to do with the type of fish now.

If these changes don't work, I will probably get rid of the damsels. . .at least the 4 small ones.

About size of puffer. . .shouldn't the fish only grow to the tank allowance, or am I retarded for thinking this? Seeing that he is always hungry. . .but really hasn't gotten bigger since I bought him.
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Old 02-03-2005, 12:44 PM   #14
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Check your nitrates asap and that will help point you in the right direction.
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As for additions to the tank to get rid of the algae, I continuously add hermit crabs. . .i think I have added about 40, and I think there are still about 10-15 (they are good hiders).

What about nudibrach or cucumbers? I know I can't add any other crabs. . .they will be eaten tried a light foot (eaten within 2 hours). However, I do have an anemone that have not been eaten either, actually don't even bother it.
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Old 02-03-2005, 06:13 PM   #16
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i thinkyou are feding too much
i used to feed 2times a day every day
my diatoms were outta control

i would feed every othr day
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no more than 1 full cube
try to get one of those brine shrimp nets
put the cube in then rinse the frozen food
off till it is thawed
take a cup of tank water
add it to the cup
and using a turkey baster target feed
after a few days the fish will get accustomed to seeing the tip of the baster
and figure it is feeding time
after feeding is done they will continue to find any scraps
to munch/graze on
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Old 02-03-2005, 06:31 PM   #17
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When I do water changes and top-offs. . .I use Catalina Real Saltwater
Just be clear...when you top off, you should be using FW, not SW. Whe you do actual water changes you will want to use SW. As the water evaporates from your tank, the salt stays behind. By adding SW for top-offs you will increase your SG to a level that will "burn" your fish. They will die from this.
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Old 02-04-2005, 04:18 PM   #18
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Thank you for all your insight.

I'm going to get my testing kit back tonight and check the nitrates. Phosphates were under .3.
Mr. Puffer is just going to have to go on a diet (well no, he will resort to eating my hermit crabs). . .going to cut feeding back to 1x a day.
Installed other 2 PH, so now have 3 (now have flow from every corner).
Hopefully, this will work.

Also, how about a UV sterilizer? I found one for $50.

Thanks for the advice.
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