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Old 02-22-2010, 03:30 AM   #11
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Thanks Floyd

Originally Posted by Floyd R Turbo View Post
...a product that removes nitrates and algae causing nutrients (litte white pouches that you put in your filter)

Was that Seachem Purigen?
The product I have is called Algone: Algone.com - The Aquarium Water Clarifier & Nitrate Remover
It says it Absorbs Nitrate, Starves Algae, Clears Water, Reduces Water Changes and Tank Cleaning, Increases Dissolved Oxygen - For Fresh and Salt Water. Natural fibre mix, Bio is safe, natural aerobic waste-dissolving microbes.

Originally Posted by Floyd R Turbo View Post
Crushed coral, from what I've been told, can trap detritus and cause Nitrate problems, but if it's fine enough like you said 'size of grains of sand' you might not have that problem.
Every water change, I dig around with the vaccum and pull waste until the water coming out is clear.

Originally Posted by Floyd R Turbo View Post
Cutting down on food should help. Adding more LR might help too - how much do you have? Is your skimmer producing enough skimmate? It might need a good cleaning or adjustment.
I have around 40 pounds of live rock.
The skimmer produces a full cup of black/green sludge every two weeks.

Will wait until my next PWC and will give Nitrate readings.

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I have my doubts that "algone" removes nitrates. It handles the problems that causes nitrates but a good PWC is more then likely the factor that reduces your nitrates.IMO

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