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Old 11-01-2011, 04:29 PM   #11
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I am using cheato. I diy'd it out of a aquaclear 500. Has sand and rubble in it too.
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Old 11-01-2011, 04:44 PM   #12
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Lol... I feel you on that. 20 isn't horrible, but 10 and below is better. High trates will feed you algae. Mine are 0-2.5 in my tank.
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Old 11-01-2011, 04:48 PM   #13
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Nitrates can be at zero with a bit of effort on your part. Most of my tanks run at 0 and it's weekly water changes of the correct amount and not overfeeding the tank that helps get to that point.

If it were me I would do a quick 20g water change and go from there. It may take 20% water changes going forward to make a dent in the trates. Once you get there its easy enough to maintain.
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Cool, good to know they can get that low! Maybe I will keep doing weekly pwc's til I get it down or run out of money! How long should I light the fuge, and should it coincide or be the opposite of the main tank?
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I run both my fuges opposite my main lights.
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I leave mine on 24/7... others due opposite.. It's up to you.
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Is 24/7 ok if I want it to be a pod factory, or do they need dark?
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I have a mandrin and it hasn't starved... lol
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Awesome. I eventually want one too!
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Start doing pods now... took me over 3 months of adding them to even get this guy to plump up. Now it eats pellets and occasionally frozen.
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