Originally Posted by JayYoshy
Hey Sadie. I just registered cuz' I read ur replies and u really know a lot and read u have 10gal. tank. I used Bacter Vital b4, it worked fine, but now I haven't been able to get rid of high nitrate level. It's been cycling for 3 months now. Right now it's only at .20 ppm
cuz I got the crazy idea of adding AmQuel+ directly to the tank and it dropped immediately. The 2 damisels I used for cycling still doing great (of course, give them toilet water, and in toilet water they'll live), decent amount of live rock which seems to be growing purple algae in it.
The thing is, I know it's harder to maintain a smaller tank due to gas movement and aeration, so nitrate spikes quicker- so I have two filters (AquaClear50 full of Kent Marine Nitrate Sponge and an Emperor 280). I haven't bought a skimmer cuz' I'm really not sure how it works or what it does. Will it help me with nitrate? Is it neccesary? I'm kindda new, and I upgraded a normal freshwater tank. I tried marine b4, 1st time total failure, 2nd time had no idea what happened- all level were grrreat, think over-populated. Right now all I want is 2 perculas, an anemone and maybe a coral.
Hope I didn't take too much of ur time and u'll be muh savior.
Jay first off welcome ...
I have a couple questions for you ...
What size tank is it that you are running ?
What salts are you using to mix ?
What water are you using to mix ?
What is your SPG ?
What test kit are you using ?
When was and how much was your last H20 change ?
Do you rinse or change out your sponges ?
Do you run chemical filtration IE chemi pure, carbon etc ?
What is your lighting ?
The principal of a skimmer is kinda simple , it basically super charges the water with air bubbles in a chamber , where the DOC
's ( Uneaten foods , fish poo, etc) be come traped in the bubbles , the bubbles being light lift to the collection cup and are trapped ..The skimmer can help with the nitrAtes . With a nano you should be doing a water change weekly of about 10% -20% ...In my 10 I change out 4-5 gallons weekly , as I have a huge bioload for the 10 ... 20 NitrAtes are not that bad you want to shoot for under 10 or less ... water changes weekly should accomplish this for you since I do not know the size of your tank and you I am going to say that some larger water changes are in order , change out and rinse all filter media ... this will also help you to acomplish that ... Trapping the damsels may be difficult but removal will be your best bet if you want 2 clowns
.. Clowns do not need a host anenome and may not even host it , they walk sting , and can become chopsuey in a powerhead ... causing a tank crash , they require stable perameters , and high light ..go with a faux anenome IE torch coral , frogspwan , hammer , they sway in the water and clowns do host those , but not always ... The purple algea is good it is coraline alge , it shows that you are starting to have a healthy tank ...
Damsels are hardy fish and nasty so unless you like them perhaps they are due back at the pet store
... They are hard to kill and will live just about any thing ....
Again the thing is to go slow , it is hard but it is what works
If you have questions dont be afraid to ask ...You can do this too
I swear .... it is alot of learning principals etc but it can be done !!