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Old 05-09-2011, 09:21 PM   #11
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Leo, not my tank. I was assumming. Its a fish only since gr can't even keep fish alive... no offence bianca we we're all impatient when we first start including myself..i made the same mistake u did the only differnce between the ideas i gave u was the fishless cycle not because its better but will save youmoney in the long run. I did 4 blue damsels...

i know you were talkig nabout you, but you said you use tap water and i asked if its FO
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Old 05-09-2011, 09:29 PM   #12
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My tank had already been set up. Running for 5 months. My problem as the eel killing everything including my cleaning crew. No corals yet.
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I was only keeping the damsel till I learned the basics. my parameters were fine for 4 months. I bought some live rock and the eel came with it. It killed my cleaning crew and did not eat them. Some shells were behind huge rocks. I do a 10g water change every 2 weeks. I Rehomed the eel (very hard to catch) and added a few snails. Yesterday I did a 25g water changed and no difference on the nitrate. I clean my filter pads, empty my collection cup, and clean my canister. I have 55g tank and 100lbs of live rock.
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Old 05-09-2011, 09:42 PM   #14
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Not sure if I missed it above, but are you using tap water? Have you tested your water source whether it be tap or ro/di water from a lfs? One lfs was trying to sell me ro water with trates and phosphates. :-(

If those tests show no trates i would try another water change. You will get them down it's just a matter of time and pwcs'
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i pre mix my water i na 20g rubbermaid bin, and i had a filter on the power head which apparently had some bacteria on it and caused nitrates in my fresh water
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i did test it. water tap with water conditioner. no trace. i will by ro/di water and try that. any reason why my feather duster is doing this??? is he dying?
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Yes it is dying. Bianca i know its been up but id get rid of the eel they arnt reef safe plus the your size of setup feeding it of cource that's why ur u getting high reading. Leo water FO?
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fish only :P sorry
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Yes it is dying. Bianca i know its been up but id get rid of the eel they arnt reef safe plus the your size of setup feeding it of cource that's why ur u getting high reading. Leo water FO?

She re-homed the eel she said
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start with RO/DI like this one from bulkreefsupply. Nitrates are not the only thing in tap water you need to keep out, also need to keep out phosphates, TDS. I have Nitrates at 160ppm. They stay at 5ppm and I am trying to get them down to 0. Its possible you released nitrates from your sand bed when you cleaned it.

canister filters can become nitrate factories if not cleaned weakly. the one I had was more problems that it was worth. Phosban Reactors I think are better for media and easier to clean.
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