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Old 09-19-2006, 09:06 PM   #11
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I have the Emperor 280 Bio-Wheel Filter System. I've had the kit for about 5 months. I feed the fish once or twice daily. I use tap water. Well, I haven't actually checked it in a few months. I thought everything was ok until the clown died last week. The tank has been running for about 6 months.
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Old 09-19-2006, 09:10 PM   #12
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Are you using tap water or RO/DI water for your water changes?
I am very curious to the answer on this one. More importantly have you tested the water you are using for pwc. You can do pwc until your arms fall off, but if your source is the problem to begin with it will be to no avail. Just one thought.

As for the anenome it is a condy, which are very hardy and do not require as much light as other species, but still need at least 2.5-3 wpg. This is probably why it has shrunk over time.

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I have the Emperor 280 Bio-Wheel Filter System. I've had the kit for about 5 months. I feed the fish once or twice daily. I use tap water. Well, I haven't actually checked it in a few months. I thought everything was ok until the clown died last week. The tank has been running for about 6 months.
Unless you have tangs, that need fresh veggies a couple times a day, or other delicate fish, you can cut back the feedings to every other day, no more than the fish will consume in 5 minutes.

The bio-wheel is very efficient at turning food waste into nitrates. Only a protien skimmer actually removes the nitrogen from the system. Other types of filters just convert it to a less toxic form, nitrate.

After your nitrates stabilize, might want to start changing 10% of the water weekly.
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As for the anenome it is a condy, which are very hardy and do not require as much light as other species, but still need at least 2.5-3 wpg. This is probably why it has shrunk over time.
Thanks. I'm horrible at ID. I was being rather generic rather than looking at the specific anenome.
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Guess I need to look into a protein skimmer and some lighting. The guy at the place where I bought all of my equipment said that the filter I got along with the live rock would be sufficient....hmmmm....oh well.
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cut back on feedings. In general bio wheels are not widely used in Sw setups as they tend to be nitrate factories. Most importantly check the water source. With readings as high as you claim I am betting your water source has some to start out with which would explain why it did not come way down with a 50% pwc.

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Guess I need to look into a protein skimmer and some lighting. The guy at the place where I bought all of my equipment said that the filter I got along with the live rock would be sufficient....hmmmm....oh well.
It's fine for fish only, along with weekly water changes, but invertabrates are more sensitive.
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I agree with the rest. Cut back on feeding, if you have 1.5-2LBs of LR per gallon, you might be able to get rid of the biowheel.
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Bio-wheel. Twice daily feedings. Both culprits for trates. I'd also get a trate check from your LFS to make sure your test kit is OK.

Feed once every other day for a while.

What kinda cleanup crew ya got for the excess food that sits on the bottom and the rocks?
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I have to agree in feeding every other. Been doing it in my tank for nine years now.
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