Hello and thanks to any who reply;
I have a 90 gal
saltwater tank, setup about 5 months ago. Have had 6 or 7 fish so, currently 2 clown fish just purchased. Various reasons for the lack of success, I think. But the only thing I can measure is nitrate levels around 40 ppm
i measure Temp F - ~78
pH = 8.3 now, seems well buffered, has been low for first 3 or 4 months
Ammonia = 0 pmm, did go high and several fish died.
Nitrite - 0 pmm, did go high same as above
Phosphate = 0 ppm
, was high, added phosphate remover to canister filter. Has helped with algae.
Problem I can see:
Nitrate = 20 - 40 ppm
, pretty consistent. I have installed a nitrate reactor, homemade. 3" piece of pvc
pipe 8 " long, 8 oz of Seachem De-Nitrate stone, small pump, actually only doing about 10 -12 gph
. On line two weeks, seemed to help a little first week, this week, not sure. i think the Nitrate level has risen again tfor 20 ppm
o the 40 ppm
Gun shy at buying anymore fish until I think I have water quality where it needs to be.
Any help, suggestion appreciated. Major question is what should i be doing, working on to support life in my new aquarium.