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Old 01-03-2013, 03:16 AM   #11
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Considering the size of the fish and wast produced I think it's manageable, however the angel will outgrow that setup and eventually make it more difficult as he and the others grow.

I would think more water changes would do it and I'm not sure if I saw you had a skimmer or not?

There is always GFO that could reduce it as well as phosphates.
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:17 AM   #12
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Considering the size of the fish and wast produced I think it's manageable, however the angel will outgrow that setup and eventually make it more difficult as he and the others grow.

I would think more water changes would do it and I'm not sure if I saw you had a skimmer or not?

There is always GFO that could reduce it as well as phosphates.
A refudgium will help and I really like mine but don't expect it to fix it, only help.
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:14 AM   #13
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I would definitely remove the angel and probably the eel. Your tank is way too small for that Koran. Feeding daily would easily cause a nutrient build up. I would imagine weekly, large, water changes would be your best defense.
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:11 PM   #14
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Are you running a good skimmer?
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:09 AM   #15
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So I tested with a new batch of api today and it was higher than the salifert test. I guess I had a batch of bad chemicals. But now I still don't know which one is right. I am going to take a sample to the LFS tomorrow, maybe I can get to the bottom of it.
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So I tested with a new batch of api today and it was higher than the salifert test. I guess I had a batch of bad chemicals. But now I still don't know which one is right. I am going to take a sample to the LFS tomorrow, maybe I can get to the bottom of it.
API nitrate tests run high IME. When I did side by side tests with Red Sea and API, the API was always 4 times the red Sea result. Now I only use Red Sea.
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I agree api is always high. I would believe the salifert(which I use) before the api
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:24 PM   #18
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Some people on this forum may disagree but I purchased an aquaripure denitrator about three months ago. It will work and probably the best investment u could ever make. My tank has some very messy predators. Trigger 3 sharks. Lionfish. Eel. Stingray. And the highest my nitrates have bottom is right now which is 40. Mainly because I have had to over feed my tank to get food to some of the animals in the tank. After a water change this week I will be at about 20-30 and I will do another next week it should drop to 20-25. The aquaripure will take it down to 10 or so and I won't need a water change for about two months. Those things work.
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For the nitrates you could use a chemical used Atari local pet store to lower the nitrates.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:55 PM   #20
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So the LFS says the API nitrate test is unreliable they don't use it anymore. Turns out my water is actually pretty good. I guess I'll stop using the API for nitrate.
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