Water test update

Discussion in 'Water Parameters and Additives' started by wildbunny, 10 Apr 2008.

  1. wildbunny

    wildbunny

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    Hi all please comment my tank has been running for 5 months now.
    5 fish
    1 shrimp
    2 crabs
    1 urchen
    3 soft coals
    1 tube worm.

    all fish is fat and growing like mad.

    kh-6dkh / 107.4 p.p.m
    ph- 8.3
    nh3- 0.3
    no3 nitrate - 20 p.p.m
    po4 phosphate - 0.5 p.p.m
    calcium 400 p.p.m

    :yeahdude: :peroni:
     
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  3. irie ivan

    irie ivan MASA Contributor

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    Params look okey, BUT its worthless without stating test kits used.
    Also, ur nutrient levels do seem a tad high, and dkh a bit low, directly attributed to your feeding strategy:
    What filtration re you using?
     
  4. wildbunny

    wildbunny Thread Starter

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    i use a skimmer
    over flow filter with carbon and live rock
    i have live sand and more live rock in the tank.
    test kit is : reef lab for nitrate,phosfate,calcium
    notrafin for ammonia and ph
    aquaruim pharmasuticas kit for kh

    i feed every night either frosen brine shrimp ore pellets
     
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    wildbunny Thread Starter

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    no help?
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Hi WildBunny - here's my take on this:
    I would think that you are feeding to much frozen food. It seems that fish should mostly only be fed dry foods - and only once in a while frozen foods. As the frozen foods seems to be the biggest cause of high nitrates and phosphates in the 1st year of a newbie starting out with marines.

    Don't worry - I too made the mistake. Because that is a LOT of times what LFS' tell you....

    Wean your fish off frozen foods, and feed mostly pellets/flakes. Also - try and alternate veggie foods and "meaty" flakes/pellets.... As nearly all fish require veggie food in their diets, ether they are mainly meat eaters or not (except for predators)...

    How much detritus do you have in your tank? Or perhaps in your sump between the live rock?
     
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    Interesting. This is not what I understand. According to my information dry flake food is extremely bad for your water - and has much more phosphorus and nitrogen than frozen food. It is more nutritional per weight than frozen food, but in my opinion frozen foods are much more natural and at the end of the day a much better option considering water parameters....
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    WOW! Now that's interesting LikesFish - perhaps we should get a thread running on this discussion. I would love to have this investigated further. As everything I have read so far, and seen so far, says that dry foods have far less phosphates?

    I will start a thread and get everyone's comments/thoughts on this....

    I agree with you that frozen foods are more natural - BUT - questions is - is it really?

    Do fish really only eat brineshrimp, mysid shrimp, artemia and possibly blood worms in nature?

    What are the fish we keep's natural diets really?
     
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    We need HenkHugo's comments here
     
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    Well a mysid or krill sure looks more like something they'll encounter in the ocean than a flake food or pellet ;)
     
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    :lol::lol:

    Yeah, but you have to the say the same as our clowns finding hosts in almost any creature in our tanks ;)
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    That VERY true LikesFish - very true indeed ;-)
     
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