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johnvu713
02/24/2006, 11:25 PM
I cant seem to bring my nitrate to zero it always hovers 10-5ppm or less. The lowest it dropped was 2.5ppm. I dont have any nuisance algae. I clean my 1-2 a week so that tells me i have low nutrient system. My question is would 5ppm of nitrate retard color growth or color? I know phosphate does.:D TY

johnvu713
02/24/2006, 11:30 PM
BTW i have zero phosphate using Salifert test kit..YAY!!!

Randy Holmes-Farley
02/25/2006, 06:32 AM
It may help brown up some corals with excess Zoox, but it is hard to say whether that happens when phosphate is low.

How are you exporting nitrogen?

This article may help:


Nitrate in the Reef Aquarium
http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issues/august2003/chem.htm

johnvu713
02/25/2006, 03:49 PM
i have a PM skimmer that i'd like to upgrade it's rated for 100G but my tank is 150Lbs. I have chaeto in the fuge with 24/7 lighting. Thanks for the article

Randy Holmes-Farley
02/26/2006, 07:22 AM
More skimming might help, as might more chaetomorpha or brighter light on it. :)