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zboy34
06/08/2017, 06:21 PM
I am struggling a little bit with my Nitrates. I have read about the Red Sea nopox.......any advice would be appreciated. I'm a newbie and still learning. Here is my tank info:
I have a 32 gal Biocube, Steve's LEDs, intank media basket with filter floss, Purigen and chemipure elite, Tunze skimmer. My parameters are:
Cal 470
KH 10.9
MG 1300
PH 8.2
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 30
Salinity 1.024
I do 5 gal a week water changes, I use RODI water and Fritz salt. Everything seems to be doing great. Tank is 3 months old and I dose Ion seed bacteria with each water change. Here is contents of the tank:
3/24/17
40 lbs live sand

3/26/17
32 lbs live rock

3/30/17
Intank Media basket
Top shelf filter floss
Middle Purigen
Bottom Chemi-pure blue

3/31/17
2 Oscelaris clown fish
3 Mexican snails
8 tiny crabs

4/1/17
1 Peppermint shrimp
2 Turbo snails
4 blue leg crabs

4/7/17
Red zoa's
Favia devil's soul

4/8/17
Tunze 9001 skimmer

4/14/17
Steve's LEDs retro fit.

4/21/17
6 Nassarius Snails
Hammer coral
Torch coral
Jabeo wave maker

4/22/17
Blue frogspawn coral
Sinularia coral
Alveopora coral

4/28/17
Candy cane coral
Flame Angel

4/29/17
Large Sinularia coral

5/5/17
Oregon torte acropora
Bali tri-color acropora

5/12/17
Micro Auto Top Off

5/19/17
Emerald Crab
1 Porcelain Crabs
2 Konch Snails

5/20/17
Yellow zoa's
Green/purple zoa's
Sun coral

5/21/17
Pink Bird's nest

5/24/17
Utter Chaos Palys

5/26/17
Orchid Dottyback

6/1/17
Rasta zoa's
Safekracker zoa's
Askraks zoa's
Orange tip galaxia

Any help is appreciated. Thanks

ReefWreak
06/08/2017, 10:00 PM
If you don't have an algae problem, nitrates aren't that big of a deal.

If you want to reduce them, then it is fine to dose small amounts of nopox or vodka (carbon dosing), but make sure you're running your skimmer during and after dosing for a while, to skim out the bacteria. You may also need to change out your filter pads more often.

rockhead51
06/09/2017, 07:49 AM
How often are you cleaning that sponge where the water comes into chamber 3? From what I've heard, they can be a huge nitrate factory. Mine comes out every other week as the first step of my maintenance. It then gets a full tap water rinse (I've had everything from bristle worms to sponge growing in it) and then I wring it dry inside a paper towel to get all the water I can out of it. Then I let it sit and replace it as the last step.
I've also heard of some people that buy an extra, and clean and swap them weekly to make sure everything is both out of them and totally dry.
But like the above poster, I don't think 30 is super bad, unless you are getting algae issues.

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zboy34
06/09/2017, 12:04 PM
I totally removed that sponge. It hasn't been in since new.

rockhead51
06/09/2017, 03:08 PM
Are you stirring sand or letting it be? I stir mine almost every other day....

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zboy34
06/09/2017, 03:11 PM
I haven't been messing with it, but today when I did my water change I vacuumed some of it.