Okay, I know the biggest, fastest way to eliminate/reduce nitrate is with PWC
I have about 45 pounds of LR
in a 75g tank (85g total system). I know I need at least 1 to 1.5 pounds per gallon for the LR
to handle nitrates. That's not in my budget at the moment (saving to build a new home).
I'm looking for a shorter term solution to reduce nitrate build-up.
I clean filters, sponges, etc., almost daily of debris.
I'm using a CSS125 skimmer, pulling 3/4 a cup a day of dark skimmate.
I don't overfeed, and there's rarely a bit of food that goes uneaten right away, what gets missed is eaten by the cleanup crew.
I have two small batches of chaeto each about the size of a baseball or slightly smaller - one in the sump/fuge, one in a small breeder-type container in the display tank.
I have two PC
reflector-type lights (150 watts total) over the sump/fuge, and the small breeder thing is directly under my 265w light hood. The chaeto doesn't seem to be growing, in fact some of it is even browning a bit. So, the chaeto doesn't seem to be assisting at all with nitrate reduction.
Are there any filter pads, or media that I can put in my HOB
filter, which can eliminate nitrates, without affecting ammonia or nitrite levels? I want my biological filtration to handle those. I haven't had an ammonia or nitrite reading in 2 months, and I want to keep it that way.
Any suggestions are great!