will snail poop raise nitrates?

Discussion in 'Water Chemistry' started by Sadie, Feb 9, 2011.

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  1. Sadie

    Sadie Coral Banded Shrimp

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    My tank is 5 years old. It has been doing great until around Oct. when it had a GHA break out. (Old lights, poor water flow, and me doing nothing about it till Dec.:() It took me until Jan to get it mostly under controll.

    I was told my CUC could manage the rest. But I had moved them into my 6 gal so I just went out and bought a new crew. My turbo snail finally went to work on the back wall and he is mowing it down. But my nitrates are going up. I noticed this big poop along the back wall and was wondering if this could be why.

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    I couldnt get a great picture because my rocks shadow it, but if you look in the white sand you will see all the poop.

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    water parameters:
    PH 8.2
    Temp 79
    salinity 1.25 (taken with a refractometer)
    Nitrites 0
    nitrates 1-2
    amonia 0
    phosphates 0

    And I'm not feeding anything at the moment
     
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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
  4. Sadie

    Sadie Coral Banded Shrimp

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    o.kay,:) thanks
     
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    evolved Wrasse Freak

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    1-2 isn't much to be concerned about either. :)
     
  6. Renee@LionfishLair

    Renee@LionfishLair 3reef Sponsor

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    That poop is pretty nutrient free..... it's being worked on by smaller critters as we "speak".
     
  7. sostoudt

    sostoudt Giant Squid

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    yes it will but not no where as much as a fish.

    also having you GHA die will raise nitrates, since GHA eats nitrates or ammonia(forget which maybe both, but ammonia becomes nitrates anyway.).
     
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  9. Sadie

    Sadie Coral Banded Shrimp

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    oh, I see.

    I have been doing water changes to get the nitrates down. They use to be at 0, which is where I want them. Hoping to get them back to 0 soon.

    So should I vacuum the poop up when I do my water change, leave it for the other critters, or it doesn't really matter?
     
  10. sostoudt

    sostoudt Giant Squid

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    I personally would vacuum it up if it can easily be removed. I would be careful about disturbing your sand bed if you have one.
     
  11. Peredhil

    Peredhil Giant Squid

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    IME, snail poop doesn't matter. I wouldn't worry about it at all.


    I would try to remove the GHA before it rots and breaks down though if nothing is eating it...
     
  12. starfish2217

    starfish2217 Horrid Stonefish

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    whats bad about disturbing the sand bed? isn't it okay to sift through it a bit and get some of the stuff out.