1. TexasReefer82

    Nitrate Levels in Aquaria vs Wild Reef Nutrition

    I often wonder how wild reefs are able to grow and thrive with such low levels of dissolved nutrients - namely nitrates and phosphates. I have an SPS/Acropora dominant tank and I maintain KNO3 solution on a dosing pump just to keep the corals alive - I try to maintain nitrates up to 5ppm...
  2. smartwater101

    Dosing Sodium Nitrate...

    LoudWolf Sodium Nitrate: Tank: 167g Nitrate: ~1 (red sea) Phosphate: .06 (Hanna) dKH: 9.1 - 9.4 (Hanna, Red Sea, Alkatronic) pH: 8.0 - 8.2 (Milwaukee probe/Apex) I've been upping feedings and reducing...
  3. MnFish1

    How necessary is it to clean your skimmer neck/cup.

    So - a recent thread reminded me of a question - how often do people clean their skimmer neck/cup. I do not do it regularly - and it tends to have a thick coating of 'gunk'. I always wondered if that was putting bad stuff 'back' into the tank - though I dont think it does. Answer the poll -...
  4. E

    ATO for Nitrate Dosing?

    I'm not able to keep measurable levels of NO3 despite trying more feeding and fewer water changes. I've been dosing Brightwell Aqauatics NeoNitro with some sucess, but the consumption continues at about 0.5 ppm/day as far as adding the nitrogen supplement. I have a light population of small...
  5. J

    High nitrates

    I am having an issue with high nitrates in my reef and I am trying to lower them. It was round 100 about 3 weeks ago. I changed my filters and resin on my RODI and have 0 TDS. I did a 30% water change. I also cleared out some old sponges and detritus that was in my sump. That brought my...
  6. Reefahholic

    Good Nitrate to Phosphate ratio for a reef tank?

    Hello! Over the years this has been one of my favorite subjects. A while back I noticed my tanks doing a lot better with more NO3 than PO4. When the NO3 matched the PO4 on the lower side the tank begin to grow hair algae in the sump, and dark brown algae on the rocks, overflow box, sand-bed...
  7. Christopher Presley

    Vodka/nopox diy dosing, zero No3 Po4 perfect

    As title states I have an imbalance, I’ve been dosing 3/4 vinegar and 1/4 vodka for about a year an a half with great success other than having a small imbalance. I’ve been going fallow for over a month now and after adjusting my dosing I’ve leveled out at 0 no3 and .o2-.03 po4. What is the best...
  8. LilElroyJetson

    How Many Test Kits Do You Have?

    I know...I have a problem. I was organizing my supply cabinet and realized I have clearly accumulated more test kits than should ever be necessary. BUT it has been helpful having everything I need at arms reach, and the ease of use of these kits has caused me to test consistently, which I’m...
  9. MarineDepot

    How to Lower Nitrates in a Saltwater Aquarium

    How to Lower Nitrates in a Saltwater Aquarium VIDEO: Proven Techniques For Success
  10. Joe Batt

    Potassium Nitrate vs Sodium Nitrite for dosing No3

    Excuse my ignorance but is potassium nitrate or sodium nitrite better for dosing N03? If you could explain your answer too please since I’m not a chemist ;)
  11. J

    Nitrates vs no nitrates.

    So i just stumbled upon a video on youtube about why nitrates and phosphates are good for the corals in your tank and it made me realise it could be true. My tank had high nitrates like really high above 80. My corals were doing not so well in that range so i started doing alot of water changes...
  12. Andrew Schubert

    Help with my Aussie Elegance Coral

    So I added an Aussie Elegance Coral to my tank a week ago now that I purchased from Austin Aqua Farms. On the first day I'd say it opened about 75% of the way. However, ever since I haven't seen it open any more than say 20%, and close entirely into its skeleton at night. I have it placed on...
  13. Joe Batt

    Nitrates around 1

    My tank is reading Nitrates around 1 and Phosphates 0.04. The tank looks fine corals healthy and colourful, cheato is growing in refugium nicely, (hair algae in there too :( ) Should I take it as a false negative ie the cheato is using all the nitrates or would I need to increase it slightly...
  14. MarineDepot

    VIDEO: How to Regenerate Your Filter Media (6x or more!)

    VIDEO: How to Regenerate Your Filter Media (6x or more!) PLUS: Regen Reactor Bundles, Reverse Osmosis Deals, & New Arrivals!
  15. ELOSAmerica

    Elos Nitrate Test Procedure: By Marc Levenson Melev'sReef

    An another great Procedure For ELOS Aquatest Kit NO3 NITRATE This is how I use the Elos Nitrate test kit. Nitrate is a natural byproduct of a reef, but at elevated levels it may stunt coral growth. If it rises even higher, it can affect fish health. 50% water changes are a proven method to drop...
  16. AquariumSpecialty

    Blue Life USA Fx Resins In stock

    We are pleased to announce that the new Blue Life regenerable resins are now in stock at Aquarium Specialty. The new resins can be regenerated up to 6 times. To learn more please visit the Aquarium Specialty Blog.
  17. I

    Canada Reef Octopus and Cad Lights Biopellet Reactors

    Up for grabs are some fantastic used Biopellet reactors. These will be shipped from Quebec, Canada. Prices are in USD and include the cost of shipping to CONUS. They would be shipped by Canada Post Expedited Parcel 4 business days and be delivered by USPS to you. All items are in great...
  18. Snake132

    Confused ! Tank has not cycled in 7 months !!

    Any one with experience please help me . My tank is 7 month old, I added fish after the first month. all my fish are very very healthy and happy . ————————-Info—————————— So since month one my levels have been Ammonium 0.025 Nitrite. Nitrate Ph. 8.0-8.3...
  19. ArialReef

    Too Much Matrix?

    So, I recently bought a 250ml bottle of Seachem Matrix. It says on the bottle that I should use the whole bottle for 25 Gallons of water. Currently, my water volume is about 13 Gallons. Can I use the whole bottle? Or should I follow the instructions? Also, in which part of the sump should I put...
  20. Genicanthus-R-Us

    0 nitrate in a sps tank: Good or Bad?

    Wanted to hear peoples thoughts on this. A few things to include in your post- Growth with 0 nitrate vs with nitrate Filters used in your sps tanks Parameters in your sps tanks Fish stocking and feeding regiment Thanks!
  21. 1

    Nitrates didn't go down after water change

    Am I doing something wrong or is API test kit being wonky? Did a 20% change and normally I always see the nitrate drop as it should. For the first time after my waterchange today, my nitrate didnt budge a bit. Is it because I didnt siphon the sand enough? Not enough CUC (I only have around ~5...
  22. Danh Ngo

    Lower nitrate for new Anemone

    Need help on lowering my nitrate. The carpet anemone is on its way. My tank nitrate is a bit high. Can I do several water change in 2-3 days to lower nitrate? Nitrate lvl : 20ppm I forgot to check my nitrate recently. Any idea? I see many people use redsea No3PO4x but some thread said that...
  23. potatocouch

    GFO w/ Red Sea No3Po4X

    So I heard GFO bag like this can strip Po4? What if I use this in conjunction with active carbon dosing, the likes of No3Po4x? OK or BAD idea?
  24. whisenhunt

    BioCube Refuge and Canister filter

    recently picked up a nice canister filter for cheaper then it should have been couldn't pass it up , Now my question is can I turn the back of my biocube into a large refugium taking out all the media just running rubble rock or mud and a lot of chato and other moss. Then running all my media in...
  25. H

    Phosphorus vs Chaeto vs Bio pellets vs GFO

    Hello world! Ok so this is my situation: I have a 55g tank and a heavy stocked aquarium; because I cannot add at this moment a sump I am forced to consider all the (limited) options. I have been measuring the water quality for sometime now and I continue to have a bad problem with Nitrate and...