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Old 01-29-2014, 01:40 PM   #1
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Lower my nitrates?

I use the Berlin Method on my 2-1/2 year FOWLER setup (65gal with proflex sump). My nitrates have always been high (40-50ppm)but lately I have been trying to lower with little result. In the last 2 weeks I have performed two twenty Gallon changes and a thirty Gallon change last night.They are now about 30-40ppm. My SWC protein skimmer was not working well for about 6 month's and I finally found that the air intake was clogged, fixed that about a month ago. My tank or sump area is all in good working order now. I have noticed greater growth on my rocks and have lost a few of my favorites...yellow eye Kole, Fat Lawnmower Blenny and a large Coral Banded Shrimp. 6 fish present in tank now. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Before dosing (which will work, but can be a bit tricky) I would make sure that skimmer is working, water exchanges were happening and consider adding some algae, like chaeto to the sump with a inexpensive clip on light. Algae is the best, safest and easiest way to export nitrogen by products.
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Cut back on feedings and check your PWC water to make sure you are not adding them in when you do a PWC.
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new to adding anything to sump. How so? The first bay is the socks, second is the protein skimmer, sponge, then the last bay is the return pump....Where do I put this "chaeto"?
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You might be able to add it in the return pump section. You could keep it corralled using some egg crate material.
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Put some aqua4bella in
Tank will get cloudy but it will clear
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Will the chaeto fit by the sock?
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You could also use a nitrate reduction pad, and or marine land has a nitrate reduction additive as well. I also have the pro flex sump.
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