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Old 09-20-2006, 04:16 PM   #21
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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?
Well, I did have 2 snails but I think they're dead. I noticed that this morning. I have 3 crabs.
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Have you tested your tap water yet before you do any more PWC?
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At first glance, it would appear you have several issues gong on, all contributing to your NO3 problem. In general, high NO3 is caused by over-stocking and over-feeding. You do not look over-stocked, but are over feeding. As mentioned, cut back to very light feedings every other day. Also, your source water (being tap) and your biowheel all contributors. The lack of biological filtration (LR) is also not helping.

So where to start? As mentioned, water changes are your best defense. Make sure you use a good quality RO/DI water and aged SW. Several changes of 50% every other day should get you back n track in a couple weeks. Now...can you explain your feeding technique and what you are feedig as well as what is left in the tank?
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I tested my tap water and it shows 0 ppm. I do have 15 lbs of live rock. How much more do I need? I have a Percula Clown, a Neon Velvet Damsel, 2 crabs, a feather duster, and lots of little pink and blue worms(haven't figured out yet what these are). I feed them Wardley Total Color Marine Gourmet Flake Blend now. I was feeding them brine shrimp. I just put probably 20 or so flakes in the tank. They usually eat them right away. What's the best food for these fish??
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I do have 15 lbs of live rock. How much more do I need?
Most people like to have about 1.5-2LBs per gallon for the good filtration.
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Most likely bristleworms, but it is hard to tell with out a pic.
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For a system where you keep invertabrates, 1-2 lbs of live rock per gallon is recomended. For a fish only system, the amount of live rock is just a matter of taste.

There's noting wrong wtih those flakes, but variety is good for the diet. Consider occasionaly supplimenting with a freeze dried or frozen seafood product. Some people actually make thier own fish food by blending fresh shellfish and greens, and freezing it (a bit overboard for the casual aquarist.)

Remember to underfeed! They're not getting as much exercise as they would in the open ocean, and they're really small, so it doesn't take much to keep them healthy.
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Well, I did have 2 snails but I think they're dead.
Inverts are usually the first to go when trates are up. Dusters might react soon also to bad water.

Got room for another 15 lbs of rock? It's not so much the weight of the rock but the surface of it. I'm not familiar w/bio wheels, but can you get rid of it too?
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I'm not familiar w/bio wheels, but can you get rid of it too?
They tend to be just like bio-balls and sponges. NitrAte factories.
Tshere, I would add another 15LBs like austinsdad said, then possibly look into removing the bio wheel, but keep some premixed water, in case.
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My feather duster is coming out of his tube. Does that mean he's dying? I will get more LR. If I do get rid of the Bio-wheel, what do I replace it with?
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