Help on parameters

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  1. Henkart

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    Hi guys


    please check this for me and comment...


    PH – 8.5
    Nitrate – 50mg/L
    Calcium – 400mg/L

    KH – 11.5dKH
    Alkal – 4.1L
    Phosphate – 0.03mg/L
    Amonia - 0


    need some advice, how to get my parameters right...


    thanks
     
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  3. jaquesdp08

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    Calcium Good try 420
    Kh Little high 10 (mine is 8 but im on zeovit.)
    Phosphate should be 0
    nitrite should be 0
    nitrate 0


    Whats your current filter setup ?
     
  4. Henkart

    Henkart Thread Starter

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    Protein skimmer in water return bank, into filtermedia and plastic balls, heater bank, phosphate reactor and carbon reactor in 3rd bank, return bank...
     
  5. Braco

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    Calcium = range of 400 / 450
    Magnesium = range 1350/1500
    Alk =range from 10-12(my opinion)
    ph= 8.2 - 84
    Nitrate = 0
    Nitrite = 0
    Phosphate=0

    Salinity = 1.24 - 1.026
    Gravity = 35ppt

    well this is my parameters and everything looks good thus far...i have good coraline algae growth. And fish inverts and corals doing well...i changed my sump set up with the help of MASA Guru's...and this proved to have assisted me even more with regards to keeping parameters stable..also did some off course reading and googling...extensively...
     
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    Get rid of the plastic balls.. take a handfull out every other day. I believe thats causing the nitrite and phosphate issues..

    Then report back in a weeks time..

    What you running in Filter Media ?

    how long do you keep your Carbon and Phosphate media ?
     
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    Henkart Thread Starter

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    I have just the cotton filter media... what else do i need?

    about every 3 months... for the phosphat and carbon...
     
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    how do i get rid of nitrate about 50ppm
     
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    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    is there a typo in your firt post? It says phosphates are at 50???
     
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    These you can use as a "safe" range...
    Ideal Water Parameters - Marine Aquariums of South Africa

    What is you'r Tank Spec's...small Tanks..Purigen...PhosGuard...even pop in some Ammonia Stones if you want...I got all 3...
    Filter Floss should be changed about twise a week...some do more and some do less...I have a External Filter Canister and I change my Filter Media every second week on that...
    You can get a Additive Range to help with getting the others Stable....I use Seachem AquaVitro...

    calcificationâ„¢ by aquavitro
    eight.fourâ„¢ by aquavitro
    ions by aquavitro
     
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    yeah sorry that was meant to be no3 50ppm
     
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    my phosphate 0.03
     
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    To get stability takes time. Your main problem is your No3. This is what you must do to get it to zero.
    If you have bio media like plastic balls make sure that you have mechanical filter pad polyester filter wool or sorts to trap and collect un dissolved waste before it gets in there. Make sure you replace or clean this mechanical filter media dailly. Try and reduce the amount of food given on a dailly basis. Also make sure that if you are feeding frozen food to allow it to disslove in a glass of RO water and than carefully drain off the water without throwing the food down the drain. Do this several times until the food in the glass is in crytal clear water and than feed sparingly.
    Do not put any more stock into your system and make sure that nothing is dead.
    Do a 10 to 20% partial water change ever threee to four days. Make sure that your make up water is tested and clear of No3 and Po4. Test before and after you mix the salt.
    Set your skimmer so that it is skiming slightly wet and empty the cup daily.
    I have used and still make use of biological filtration and if done correctly will not harbour waste or No3.
    Try and improve on your tank circulation and try and remove the dead spots. also if you pick up brown algae on your substrate rake it regularly so that it can get suspended into the water column filtered.
    If after two three weeks of this regime there is still No3 than you probably are over stocked and need to look at the size of your filtration or remove some stock.

    Good luck :)

    Test regularly and keep it clean.
     
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    0.05 isnt bad for phosphate..

    But your nitrate is high..

    Look at your feeding and keep it at twice a day.

    Do weekly waterchanges of 20-30% and slowly get rid of the balls..

    you sponges and filter wool needs to be cleaned atleast weekly..
     
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    my sump setup
     
  17. Reef surgeon

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    Sump set up is pretty normal. Just follow the recomendations you want have to make any major adjustments to your set up.
     
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    ok so you have one of these sumps ?
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