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Old 07-28-2011, 06:31 PM   #11
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This the stuff the said to use! Right I've got my filter apart now shall I take that out n put the pads I was using back in because I still have them?
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Old 07-28-2011, 06:36 PM   #12
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That is fine that is carbon sorry I didn't recognize the name right away I just read crystal. Don't worry API uses a carbon/chemical to clean aquarium water...sorry...Unfortunately for you that leaves the problem of where the nitrates come from...have you every used a power head to blow off fishy waste from your rocks?
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Old 07-28-2011, 06:41 PM   #13
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No but I don't have live rock so I could pull them out and clean them if you think that would help
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Old 07-28-2011, 06:43 PM   #14
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That will help just give them a rinse nothing special and a water change

How is your skimmer?
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Old 07-28-2011, 06:59 PM   #15
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My lion fish has got a lot larger lately maybe he's the cause! I have never used a skimmer. Do u think there make the weekend? Ive done a 10 pwc used my emergency salt could do another one 2mora morning if I start mixing some up now... Then Saturday I can go and get 100 litres of pre mixed salt from my lfs dose this sound ok? I like to check to make sure no school boy errors are made!
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Old 07-28-2011, 07:16 PM   #16
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the nitrates are still low so they should be ok...you need a skimmer...like you really really need a skimmer...the skimmer removes fish poop from the water...you should always get a larger skimmer than you need...i have a 200 gallon tank with a 400 gallon skimmer...never hurts to get larger for a skimmer since it removes fishy poop and all other waste from the tank...that will solve your nitrate problem
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go with a skimmer rated for 1 1/2 times your total volume,trates of 40 wont do no harm to a fowlr tank.but try to get them lower.Your lionfish is a messy eater so get the skimmer asap.
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Ok I'll try and get one tomorrow could you recommend a brand? Do you leave your skimmer on all day and night? Thanks for all your help I really do appreciate it!!
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go with a skimmer rated for 1 1/2 times your total volume,trates of 40 wont do no harm to a fowlr tank.but try to get them lower.Your lionfish is a messy eater so get the skimmer asap.
Where would be the best place to get one as your from Oxford goldfish bowl?
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Old 07-28-2011, 07:27 PM   #20
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40 nitrate isnt really harmful at all to fish but you should try to lower it ideally you want nitrates to be below 10
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