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Old 10-06-2009, 03:06 PM   #21
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Just placed the order for a skimmer and refractometer

AquaC Remora Protein Skimmer w/Maxi-Jet 1200 Pump
Marine Depot Aquarium Refractometer

Going to pick up more RO water to get ready for my water change as soon as these two get here.

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Old 10-08-2009, 05:25 PM   #22
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Might want to look into a RO/DI system. They arent too expensive and will save you from having to make trips to get your RO water. Not a necessity though..
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Old 10-08-2009, 06:25 PM   #23
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Got me cleanup crew in today. We got a skunk cleaner shirmp, 3 scarlet hermit crabs, and 2 cleaner clams. So we'll see how this goes. The shrimp is fascinating to watch. He's just taken up shop and went straight to cleaning. My little shy chomris has taken right to him too. She's the only fish I have left.

The LFS guy suggessted we might add some plants now. Any suggestions?
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Old 10-12-2009, 01:33 PM   #24
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My nitrates are still high. Here are my parameters for today. I tested a week ago and did a PWC on Friday.

pH 8.2
Alkalinity 7
Total Ammonia 0
Free Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 50
Salinity - gravity 1.03

I think my salinity is just a little high. Is there anything else I should be checking. I came to work this morning and my chromis was dead. So now I have no fish. Just have my hermits, cleaner shrimp and clams.
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Old 10-12-2009, 01:59 PM   #25
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I would just do a 50% pwc to get those nitrates down. Get the sg down too as it's way too high, just add a few gallons of freshwater to get that down.
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Ok, thanks! Am I going to lose my shrimp and hermit crabs too? Or are they going to survive?
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Old 10-12-2009, 02:49 PM   #27
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I'm not sure whether they will survive or not. Just do the pwc, and they should be fine.
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Old 10-12-2009, 03:00 PM   #28
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Looking at buying some Seachem Denitrate to add to my filtration. Will that help or am I just going to waste money on it?
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Old 10-12-2009, 03:13 PM   #29
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Guessing from the name that it helps lower nitrates? Products like that usually end up causing more problems than anything else. IMO, it is better to find the problem that is causing the nitrates and fix it rather than mask it with something else anyway.
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Old 10-12-2009, 03:46 PM   #30
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Since you don't have any fish in your tank anymore I would suggest that you do a series of 50% water changes until your nitrate is down to below 20ppms. Don't waste your money on any products at this time.
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