Couple of Questions

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  1. ziyaadb

    ziyaadb

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    Hey all

    do i need to continually skim my tank even if the skimmer is not pulling out any dirt? seems like all the dirt has been skimmed out already.

    Would evaporation effect my ALK and Cal even if there are no Corals in the tank? ATO is already connected and is keeping water level in tank constant.

    Any benefit to running carbon in a tank without any fish besides increasing my phosphate levels?

    I have a reading of about 5 for my nitrate is this normal as my tank is fishless and has been running for about a month. Has a DSB with pods and worms. And about 40Kg LR
     
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  3. Travis1

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    watchin this thread..
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Hi Ziyaad - here's my take on your questions: Please see below......

    [JB] How old is your DSB - A nitrate level of 5, for an EMPTY tank, without fish, is NOT NORMAL.... it should be 0 (ZERO)..... Which means that you DSB is not really actively working, as it should, yet...
     
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    Z, my answrs in red

    For a cycling tank this is cool. Your DSB will kick in as the nitrates increase
     
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    ziyaadb Thread Starter

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    jacques DSB is about a month old. was alive before but in the move i think it died
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Agree with all of the above. A DSB can take a good few months to start functioning fully, until that time regular waterchanges will take care of any excessive nitrates.
     
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