Hello everyone, I am trying to find out from anyone how I can effectively control my Nitrate levels in my tank the most economical way. I am leaning towards to building my own refugium since I have 2-20 Gallon tanks that are not being used. Also, I was in the process of taking out the Bio Balls in my 2-canister and only use them to circulate the water and replace my bio-balls in the wet/dry with live rock. What I wanted to do with the other two 20 gallon tanks is 2-refugiums and more live rock in them to see if this will solve the problem. I need help in figuring out what plants or Macro Algae are the most effective to place in the refugium to control the Nitrate and Phosphates, HOW Much of each and how can I construct the two 20g tanks to be effective refugium. I have enclosed a general description of my tank buddies and my current water parameters.
130 GALLON F/O-Saltwater
2-Ehiem 2217 Filters
1-Maxi Reef 200 Wet/Dry
1-25 Watt Sterilizer
1-Natulis TE Skimmer
1-1/4hp Drop-in Chiller
LIVE ROCK on 3 inches of live aragonite sand.
Current fish in the Tank:
1-Humu Trigger, 1-Yellow Tangs, 1-Purple Tang, 1-Green Bird Wrasse
1-Snowflake Eel, 1-Ghost Eel, 1-Watchman Goby, 1-Red Pygmy Angel
4-3 Stripe damsels
Current Water Parameters
Ammonia: 0, Nitrite: 0, Nitrate: 30, PH
: 8.1, Salinity: 1.023, & Phosphate: 1.5