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Old 10/13/2018, 10:34 PM   #1
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flooded population in reef tank

My Tank is flooded with thousand of life form and i on the edge of giving up and let nature take it course. First i keep clearing aiptasia with different method, over population of bristleworm, amphipods, tisbe pods, colonial hyroid. Mine is only a 16 gallon tank with a small hang on refugium with ulva and it seem to me they are too much life form which i afraid one day it will crash when one population die off. The latest issue would be the fish fry.i not sure which fish is it as i saw alot of them swimming when the light are out and they seem to grow bigger and bigger each day. And all this cause me constant battle with nitrate and phosphate. Although phos seem to be like 0.01 but nitrate is on the high side of 10 to 20ppm. which i using all all kind of method to bring down the nitrate. Do you think i should redo my tank and remove all unwanted pest or let nature take it course as i afraid it will crash one day based on the number of life form.


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Old Yesterday, 06:05 AM   #2
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Sounds like a pretty normal healthy system to me. If you want it to be a sterile box of water you are in the wrong hobby.

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Old Yesterday, 08:46 AM   #3
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It seems like many tanks will have something unwanted at any given time. From my experience is seems like it is best to not go overboard and try to eradicate them. Like Billdogg says thats how an ecosystem works. There will always be ebbs and flows in a healthy reef tanks, just like in nature. Don't let it stress you out, just roll with it.


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Old Yesterday, 08:32 PM   #4
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Welcome to a real reef. If you just let it set, and not even clean the glass, it will self-regulate itself.

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