Parameters driving me NUTS

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  1. TanyaB

    TanyaB

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    I need some help with the parameters in our tank please.

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    The PH, KH and Alkalinity Just won’t stay up. I dose Aquavitro Balance for the PH and Seachem Reef [FONT=&quot]Carbonate for the Alkalinity.

    [/FONT] [FONT=&quot]We have added Seachem [/FONT]PhosGuard, Seachem [FONT=&quot]denitrate and Algone to the sump for the Nitrates and Phosphates.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]We also do a 10% water change every week.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Nothing helps to get the Nit[/FONT][FONT=&quot]rate to a safe level.

    [/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Please help, what can we do?[/FONT]

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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    your nitrates dropped from 50 to 20, thats a big drop...
    what do you feed? how many fish? size tank? what biological filtration are you using?
     
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    Nopox worked wonders for me when my nitrates hit 50
     
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    Macro algae? @aquaria sa has a new product, nitrate and phos removing tablets.
     
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    the best solution is to find the cause, then no need to spend $$$$ on solutions
     
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  7. TanyaB

    TanyaB Thread Starter

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    The tank is 2mX60cmX70cm

    I feed live and frozen shrimp, flakes and pellets.

    We have 9 fish:
    2X clowns
    2X bangaii cardanals
    1X cleaner wrasse
    1X regal tang
    1X yellow tang
    1X flame angle
    1X sand sifting gobby

    I know I feed alot but they never leave anything.

    what biological filtration are you using? I do not know what you call it...:blush:

    We have ceramic rings, bio balls, matrix, denitrate, phosgard, algone, filterwool and live rock in the sump.
     
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    What could cause it?
     
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    Are you cleaning the bioballs, ceramic rings, filterwool etc.?
     
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    Bioballs are usually considered as nitrate factories
     
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    If they are not cleaned regularly. Which most of us are too lazy to do:lol:

    That's why I asked if she cleans it:thumbup:
     
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    Filterwool n bio balls could be pushing up nitrates.i wud get mg to 1350-1400 then bump kh up slightly to 7-8.nitrates already seem to be dropping. .test ur nitrate in a week n see
     
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    I used to have it in my sump and honestly its just to much effort having it. My 1st chamber consist of wool, phosphate pad, nitrate pad, ammonia pad, second chamber is skimmer, heater and media reactor, 3rd chamber 20kg liverock and caulerpa and last chamber return pump.
     
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    If you have effective nitrate removal. eg. macro algae.
    It will use up the nitrates produced by the bio balls

    But yeah, it sounds like quite an effort. If I had it I'd probably forget to clean it.:blush::lol:
     
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    No they are not. They are a media for bacteria to grow on.
     
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    TahirS in order for macro algae to bring down your nutrients in a way that you could notice it you would have to have quite a large refugium setup. There is a video on youtube from Mr saltwater where he explains the whole story. Yes the macro alge will assist but on its own it will not do much. I personally have it for my copepods and amphipods to grow in and also I grow it as a food source for my tangs and foxface.
     
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    If you are harvesting the algae regularly then your PO4 should not be a problem.
     
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    Wheres the problem with your parameters?
     
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    Fair enough nemos, but they are still more trouble than they worth imo. Your tank can do without it because the bacteria will grow in your filter pads.
     
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    I harvest weekly because of the rate that it grows
     
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    Before cutting back

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