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Old 06-07-2011, 07:46 PM   #101
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Nice. No ammonia. I would give your fish a break for a day or two then water change. Those nitrates are crazy. lol

Youre using ro/di water right? And you tested the water for nitrates before it goes in the tank? Not every time but have in the past?

I just don't get why the trates don't really go down after a pwc. It's uncanny.

Are you overfeeding or anything? Just trying to ask the right questions so others may help too.
I use rodi and yea I've tested it before mixing 3 times, and unless I'm reading the colors wrong but it's a hard test to read and I've had other eyes look at it too to make sure in gettin it right
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Old 06-07-2011, 07:47 PM   #102
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I wouldn't worry about the worm,it actually does a great cleanup job,and having a few helps your tank,especially new tanks.I have picked them up by hand and it is no big deal.How much rock do you have in your tank,if you don't have at least one and a half,preferably two lbs. Per gallon you are going to have nitrate problems constantly.
I have about 50 lbs in my 46 you think I should go buy some more?? The tanks only been runnin for 9 days
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:13 PM   #103
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I have about 50 lbs in my 46 you think I should go buy some more?? The tanks only been runnin for 9 days
Yes,you definitely need at least another 50 lbs.Get the base rock since you already have live rock.It will become live quickly.IMO the biggest mistake people make when starting out is not getting enough rock per gallon.I know it is expensive to start with but it is worth it. I have been doing saltwater for seven years now and learned my lesson the hard way when I first started.
Also,research a lot on your own but be careful taking advice from individuals who have only been doing saltwater aquariums for a few months but are so quick to give advice like they are experts.I don't claim to be one but can state what I know from personal experience.
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:42 PM   #104
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Well I appreiciate your opinion! I've never heard of any one having too much LR! Lol I'm sure I could use a few more pounds I have 50 to 60 around there, on another note I've observed a lot of the brown algae is leaving the rocks exposing the purple coraline which is awesome looking!! So the live rock leeches it's good critters onto the base rock?? Just to clarify??
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:47 PM   #105
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Yes. You can use base rock and it will become "live" after a few weeks and will look just like the rest of your rock in a few months.
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I have about 50 lbs in my 46 you think I should go buy some more?? The tanks only been runnin for 9 days
If it has only been running for 9 days I would just chill and be patient. It can take weeks to get your tank to cycle. The standard it 1-1.5lbs of live rock for a tank. There is a such thing as having to much live rock because then you lose circulation. I had a lot of rock 100lbs in a 55g I started taking a piece out every week and guess what my nitrates began to drop because I improved my circulation. When I decided to convert my FOWLR over to a reef tank my nitrates were 160ppm and I worked, was patient and took a lot of time to bring them down slow. Did a lot of research asked a lot of questions and found what worked best for my tank and now my nitrates are never above 5ppm knock on wood. Trust your instincts find what fits your tank. I would let it run for a bit and se what it does.
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Hmm sounds good how much cheaper is it?
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I pay $90 for 50lbs of base rock.
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If it has only been running for 9 days I would just chill and be patient. It can take weeks to get your tank to cycle. The standard it 1-1.5lbs of live rock for a tank. There is a such thing as having to much live rock because then you lose circulation. I had a lot of rock 100lbs in a 55g I started taking a piece out every week and guess what my nitrates began to drop because I improved my circulation. When I decided to convert my FOWLR over to a reef tank my nitrates were 160ppm and I worked, was patient and took a lot of time to bring them down slow. Did a lot of research asked a lot of questions and found what worked best for my tank and now my nitrates are never above 5ppm knock on wood. Trust your instincts find what fits your tank. I would let it run for a bit and se what it does.
Hmmm ok I see what ur saying should i maybe try aiming my power head a little better or maybe get another one for the other side of the tank??
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Ok so brown algae seems to b leavin but some bright green looks like it's Movin in!! Uh oh any advice?
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