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Old 06-03-2005, 03:11 AM   #11
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i think it will not be fun but this drastic measure should be carried out, have you cleaned and maintained your filters. the nitrates could be in a dirty filter bed, or as you said under the rocks. i vacuum under the rocks about once a year and the nitrates drop dramatically, if you seen the dirt under there you would be horrified. I think you should do this and then clean the filters and you should notice an improvement, you may have to do water changes more often to help the problem clean up and then monitor closely to keep them down.

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If your SG is only 1.0125, you're way too low. You should be aiming for 1.020-1.025 for a reef tank.

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A quick read of your message tells me you have several things way out of wack and as Malkore mentioned the specific gravity is one of them. The levels your reportings are VERY low for a saltwater setup. A level like that would be more indicitive of a brackish tank than a saltwater tank.

The nitrates your reportings would be indicitive of a few things. First over feedings as you indicated you might be, the second would be improprer filteration and lack of proper cleaning. If your substrate is crushed coral or agronite then you can syphon the substrate and remove alot of detrius from the substrate. I would suggest gravel vac'ing 1/2 of the substrate one week and doing the other half the following week. This in itself should put a fiarly big hit on the nitrates. The secodn thing to do would be to excessive fish or coral die off. The presense of nirite implys that you have an ammonia source in the tank somewhere and the bactera cant keep up with the tank's ammonia production. I would avocate cutting back the feeding to 1/2 that amount per day or feeding that ammount every other day. The fish will be fine with this. In addition can you describe your filtration more?

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