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Old 07-05-2011, 05:32 PM   #1
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Nitrate question

On my fowlr tank my trates stay between 5 and 10 with a weekly 25 percent pwc. The tank has been cycled and running with sw for about 2 months. Should I look into a new skimmer even though mine is just broken in? Or should I do more pwc to get them lower?
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Old 07-05-2011, 05:35 PM   #2
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Are you using tap or ro/di water?
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Old 07-05-2011, 05:38 PM   #3
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I use the ro from my local pet store
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Old 07-05-2011, 05:40 PM   #4
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It's a long shot but have you ever tested their water? I tested mine for ha ha's one day and found nitrates and phosphates in their water!!!

Worth a shot.
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Old 07-05-2011, 05:41 PM   #5
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I actually haven't checked that but i do prime the whole tank after I take the water out and also prime the containers i use to transport the water
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Old 07-05-2011, 05:43 PM   #6
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I'm just worried because I use a seaclone lol nobody has anything good to say about them
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Old 07-05-2011, 05:53 PM   #7
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Is it pulling anything? If it is, then it's fine. lol
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:00 PM   #8
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It's pulling skim but this is my first saltwater tank so I'm not sure how much it should pull. Would removing filter floss from my canister and adding more ceramic rings help any?
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I'd keep some filter floss in one of the trays and have the rest be bio media. Thats what I do, if I need to run carbon I just use the floss tray.

How is the skimmate? Is it green, black, gooey, watery, stinky, unbelieveabley stinky.... you get it lol
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It's gooey brown inside the center and the foam comes out and then it leaves like black water in the cup. It doesn't smell bad at all almost sweet smell to it
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