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Old 09-10-2012, 09:02 PM   #1
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New salt water tank going well.

I am new to the hobby and loving it. I have a 30 gallon tank containing a true perc clown, gold sleeper head gobby and a lawn mower blenny. Everything so far has gone great. I added the fish one by one over the past 3 months. The only problem I've had was with nitrates. I've been adding a calcium buffer to help maintain the nitrates and PH levels. My nitrates are still higher than I'd like them to be. I'm looking for any tips on how to lower the nitrates other than regular water changes. Any tips?
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:06 PM   #2
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To lower the nitrates you just need to do more water changes! And could we see some pics of the tank and especially of the sleeper goby? I know one member on here that would love to see it... Lol
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:39 PM   #3
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Thanks for the advice! And Sure. I'll post a video of it soon! I just joined today awesome site. Ill try and upload a picture from my phone asap
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Awesome :p
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:02 PM   #5
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There is always feeding less and running macroalgae in a refugium/sump. Also if you are not running a skimmer then adding one might help.
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:03 PM   #6
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Thanks you Kieth. Hopefully I'll see my nitrates go down this week. Also thinking about buying a skimmer just not sure which ones work well for 30 gallon tank. They had some cheap ones for about $100 bucks. Just don't want to buy a cheaper crappy skimmer. Any advice?
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:55 PM   #8
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As far as skimmers go you get what you pay for. My advice if you get one is to buy a good one the first time. Many will tell you of buying a cheaply made one & then having to upgrade later. Get one that is rated for at least twice your tank size. You can always use it later on a bigger tank, and we all want a bigger tank eventually lol. Good luck, keep us posted.
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I'll make sure to go big or go home :p This site is the **** haha I'm glad I joined. I get multiple responses so quickly. Thanks for all the help. I'll have videos and pictures up soon!
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