Nitrate and PH

Discussion in 'Water Chemistry' started by Mikeyb, May 24, 2015.

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  1. Mr. Bill

    Mr. Bill Native Floridian

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    How frequently do you clean the canister? Trapped detritus breaks down and dumps DOCs into your tank, elevating Nitrate production.

    As mentioned, your pH is fine as long as it doesn't drop lower than 7.8.
     
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  3. Billme

    Billme Eyelash Blennie

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    As stated by Mr Bill, the canister is my concern. I'm also skeptical about the capacity of the skimmer. Water changes and filtering are likely the areas to work on. If you are absolutely dedicated to a good running system, you'll probably need a sump and larger skimmer. It doesn't sound like the tank is overstocked with fish.
     
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  4. Mikeyb

    Mikeyb Bristle Worm

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    Tank has been setup since Feb 1st, weekly water changes.
     
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    Mikeyb Bristle Worm

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    Tank has been setup since Feb 1st, weekly water changes.
    I clean the canister every Wednesday.
     
  6. mdbostwick

    mdbostwick Vlamingii Tang

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    If you aren't having an issue with algae, you really shouldn't get overly concerned with some nitrates. I would increase the amount of water you change out or increase the frequency of them to make sure you keep them under control. Without macro algae you will probably always have nitrates.
     
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  7. Mikeyb

    Mikeyb Bristle Worm

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    Can you purchase macro algae?
     
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  9. Billme

    Billme Eyelash Blennie

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    You can find it easily. The problem is you have to have a place to grow it. Another reason a sump comes in handy.
     
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    Mikeyb Bristle Worm

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    If I made an algae turf scrubber would that help at all?
     
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  12. mdbostwick

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    Agreed! It will take a couple weeks to start really pulling nutrients out so don't give up on it.