Originally Posted by jimandjess3096
what do i need to do to get the nitrate down? how is it that the ammonia and nitrite are perfect but everything else is messed up?
Lack of anoxic/anaerobic areas within the tank. The bacteria that concert NH3
are aerobic. The bacteria that convert the nitrates live in an area supressed or void of O2
. It takes much longer for the nitrate consuming bacteria to form. You also need to consider the area's the facultative bacteria have to colonize. Considering the depth of your tank and lack of space to increase the LR
with much effect, I would seriously consider a refugium with non-caulerpa macro algaes. More LR
will still help but you need something to aid in NNR
. Your only other option is keeping up with regular water changes.
Remember, the solution to polution is dilution.
is the lid the only thing i can do to help the ph? and how do i get the alkalinity up? by using the buffer i have?
You can wait and see how the added powerheads will help but I honestly think you will have much less pH issues without your current lid. As far as the alkalinity, yes the buffer will help but be very careful how much you add a heed the instructions carefully. Buffers impact the pH just as much so be sure it's dosed in the early AM to reduce the overall daily changes to the pH. If in doubt, rely on water changes until you have a better grasp on your tanks needs.