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Old 03-06-2011, 10:17 AM   #11
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it's been up for a year at your house?
skip the balance blocks and purple up. it's only adding extra nutrients to the system. everything you need is in your salt mix.
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:28 AM   #12
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Yes I had a lot of problems with corals and LFS recommend that stuff. Since then I added much better lighting. Been changing 20 of water weekly for last couple weeks. I believe most of problems seemed from poor lighting and bio bale in the wet dry filtration.
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so, have you figured out where the ammonia and nitrite are coming from? bio balls?
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I also added a bulk of snails and some crabs Friday along with a sand sifting star. Do you think I should just leave tank be for a week or two and just check water parameters
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I believe ammonia and nitrite and nitrate problems are coming from bio bale. It's is at least 2 yrs old
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no..i think you need to do some water changes. snails and crabs will not raise ammonia levels.


bio bale? what is that exactly? rip that stuff out of there.
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Bio bale looks like linguini noodles and goes in your wet dry. It has been in there a while. I plan on taking half out today cause I was told levels could spike taking it out all at once. I plan on doing at least 10 gallon water changes for a while. Cause we all know water changes get expensive. Especially 20 gallons a week.
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ahh..gotcha.
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Well bio bale came out Sunday and water is mixing for water change. Let you know parameters in a day or so. On a lighter note my RBA split yesterday
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Ok it has been a couple days since bio bale removal and I did not do water change yet. Here are my parameters as of today.
Nitrate 40 ppm
Nitrite 1.0
Ammonia 0
Ph 7.8
Phosphate .5
Calcium 540
Kh 12
Salinity 1.023
Temp 80.5
And I did aim a powerhead up to agitate water surface. Let me know what you guys think
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