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Old 07/10/2010, 09:32 PM   #26
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I;ve had a few large setups in the past. This go around I got a 46 gallon bow about 3 months ago. It is SPS dominated with LPS and zoas. I have a variety of Zoas..Spidermans, AOG, Deepwaters, whamming watermelon, lunar eclipse, etc, etc. My nitrates run about 30. I change 10% a week and run a big skimmer for my size tank. I also run Purigen, GFO, and ROX carbon 24/7. The reason teh nitrates are high is due to a heavy bioload of fish and heavy feeding. I've always ran my tanks this way and always had great success. Zoas/palys grow like weeds and SPS grow very fast. Not what everybody is preaching but in the 15 years I've been keeping reef tanks I never had a problem keeping my nitrates in the 20-40 range. Here is my tank now. I set this one up 3 months ago with all dry rock


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Current Tank Info: 46 gallon bow. 20L sump. Vortech MP10, Tunze 6045, Koralia nano, SWC Extreme 160 skimmer, ATI Sunpower, Reefkeeper Elite, etc, etc
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Old 01/27/2018, 02:58 PM   #27
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I also experienced the tsame

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Old 02/12/2018, 01:08 AM   #28
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Originally Posted by scuba guy ron View Post
I have had nitrates at 10-20ppm for 2 years now and have had no issues. My zoas and palys are growing well. CrazY thing is I have a beautiful sps of tyree sunset monti that I've heard only colors up with pristine water. When I got it a year ago it was a 1in frag. It has since grown to 6in and is super colored orange and green. I always had heard nitrates were bad and I think they are if they Āre in excess. Imo below 30ppm is fine for me.

30 to 40 ppm is fine for me, 4 years now.

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Old 02/13/2018, 07:28 PM   #29
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I ran a reef tank for 8 years, took a break and am now back in. I've had corals for around a month and have been mainly testing for alk, ca, and mag but since I was testing those tonight I tested nitrates. I got 0 nitrates but have a small amount of algae so must be as I get nitrates the algae is consuming it. I've got around 15 different zoa frags and many have put on babies. Color is great as well. I only have 4 small fish in my 125 but I feed them frozen 3-4 times a day so I'm keeping the tank as nutrient rich as I can with the small fish load I have.

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Old 02/22/2018, 09:24 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by strout View Post
For those of you growing zoa colony's in your tanks, what are your Nitrate levels running?
I strive to maintain about 2 ppm. They look more vivid and open better)

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