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Old 05-09-2011, 11:15 AM   #1
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Very high nitrates

I have a huge problem with nitrates, I want to have corals, but my water is just to messed up.

55 g tank
Ph 8.2
Ammonia 0
Nitrites 0
Nitrates above 80!

I had a snowflake eel, which was eating my snails and crabs. I Rehomed the eel.
Yesterday, I vacuumed my sand and cleaned the live rock. I did a 25g water change. I am using tap water with tap water conditioner and I tested my tap water. Nitrates are 0. Before the clean up, my nitrates were 40ppm.

How can I fix this problem?
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Old 05-09-2011, 11:24 AM   #2
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If you are gonna start with corals I would really reccomend not using tap water anymore. You can usually buy ro/di water for 30-50 cents a gallon.

Are you running a protein skimmer?
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Ok, yes, I am. Also a canister and a regular hang on filter.

I have a question for you. You seem to always answer my questions so first off thank you!

I don't know how many filters I should be running on my tank. I have the canister (which is a pain on the butt to clean). The hang on and a skimmer.
I am planning on getting this sump (link) And create a refigum (excuse my spelling)

http://www.fosterandsmithaquatics.co...m?pcatid=18367

What do you recommend?
And the could I get rid of the canister or hang on?

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For example, I am running a fluval canister and a skimmer on my 55g with no nitrates.

It's entirely up to you. If you have room and the money for a sump then I'd say go for it. The one you linked looked like small models though. Usually you need room for your skimmer, heater and whatever else you wanna put in it.

I've been researching sumps myself but I don't have the room for it underneath for the one I would want. :-(

I would think you can get away with just one of the filters, maybe bail on the hob one. Unless you can't keep up the maintenance on the canister, they can be nitrate factories if not maintained just so.

Hope that helped some
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have you ever rinsed off your filter pads?
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Im going with the filter.. i know alot of poeple disagree with tap but its really dependent on you location no one i know in my area uses anything other then tap and we are talking 10 year old plus tanks. I don't know anyone that uses canisters because of them being nitrate factories. I would switch to a hob and check it again of course after making sure u check ur test kit as well purchase another that wil confirm your results.
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Yes, I clean my filter media. Never gets too dirty
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Im going with the filter.. i know alot of poeple disagree with tap but its really dependent on you location no one i know in my area uses anything other then tap and we are talking 10 year old plus tanks. I don't know anyone that uses canisters because of them being nitrate factories. I would switch to a hob and check it again of course after making sure u check ur test kit as well purchase another that wil confirm your results.

fish only or reef?


the main concern is not the media but the mechanical filters, sponges and filter floss
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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...
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