1. Tomorrow's Waters

    The mystery of two tanks... HELP!

    Okay everyone I have run into an interesting and difficult predicament that I think I need more information on. So I have two tanks. Let's call them Tank 1 and Tank 2. Both tanks have been running for one year, both tanks have their own filtration systems with exactly the same equipment, and...
  2. S

    Nitrobac bottle dosing.

    Hello. I’m currently at the end of the cycle for my tank. Ammonia is trace and nitrites have risen and are now nearing 0. Nitrates were at 25 ppm so I’ve done a 25/30% water change today to lower it somewhat. from advice on here I have added my first fish today and all appears to be healthy...
  3. ClownFish664

    Cycle issues

    Hi, Im about 3 months into my nano reef, I managed to get amonia nitrite down to 0 and nitrate down to 0.3. However, I added a hammer coral and 3 blue leg hermit crabs after this and now im seeing small signes of ammonia (total ammonia). Nitrite is above 1 as per the tropic marin test kit and...
  4. S

    Cycling tank with "Red Sea Pro Reef Mature Kit"

    Hello. I am currently in the process of cycling my Red Sea Max Nano reef tank. I've added 20lbs of Carib-sea special grade live sand and about 15-20lbs of Carib-sea Life rock shapes (spored with bacteria). I've also added a mesh bag worth of Fluval bio tubes (for surface area for bacteria)...
  5. Reverend Turtle

    How fast to raise NO3?

    So up until a few weeks ago I was battling high phosphate levels 1-2ppm, nitrates never rose above 10ppm, usually were at 5ppm. In an effort to lower PO3 I reduced feeding to once a day, that helped a little, got down to .5ppm. After a few weeks of that I decided to dose some Fritzyme 9 and...
  6. R

    The best/easiest to use Nitrate tester

    Hi all I was just looking for a tester, one that was better than the Hanna ULR Nitrate tester and found this. Does anyone have any experience with these or anything similar? Compact Nitrate Ion Meter LAQUA Twin - NO3-11 Product code: NO3-11 Compact Nitrate Ion Meter LAQUA Twin, compact meter...
  7. MarineDepot

    Explore the Brand New Hanna Instruments High Range Nitrate Checker and Pre-Order One Today!

    The long awaited High Range Nitrate Checker from Hanna Instruments is here and available for pre-order. With a measurable range of 0- 75.0 ppm it has never been easier to get an accurate digital read out for the Nitrate levels in your aquarium. If you have any questions about this new checker or...
  8. O

    Most (semi-reliable) Dipstick test out there?

    Hi, I currently have a large mixed reef system (around 300 gallons) which is currently being monitored by my apex trident (monitoring pH, salinity, ALK, CA, MG). I am just starting to get into SPS, and therefore want to start monitoring phosphate, nitrite, and nitrate levels more closely. The...
  9. R

    Phosphate and Nitrates at 0 in nano reef! Good or bad?

    Hello all! I have a fluval 13.5 and ive been following the complete Red Sea recipe which ive attached below, im giving 4.6 mls of coral AB+ mixed with a bit of reef roids (usual target feed but sometimes spread throughout the tank) and 1.1 mls of nopox, plus running the coral life 2.0 skimmer...
  10. G

    2 Dead Fish + 0 nitrates/ .46ppm nitrates

    75gal display with 40 breeder DIY sump. Tank has been running since January, first fish (clowns) added in February Stocking: 2 very small clowns 1 3" bicolor blenny 1 half dollar size Blue Tang 1 cleaner shrimp 60 assorted snails (tiny) 5 hermit crabs 1 DEAD 3" Golden Head Goby 1 DEAD 3" Fire...
  11. psumms

    Anyone 'Close Loop' vacuum detritus through a filter sock?

    With daily auto-water changes, i've not 'manually' remove water from my system for a couple of years. Have some dead areas in the bottom of my sump that have collected crap, going to stick a powerhead in there to keep things in motion going forward but about to get in a vac it out. Any reason I...
  12. S

    Trouble raising nitrate level

    The nitrate level on my tank is below .1ppm. I have been dosing the equivalent of 1 ppm sodium nitrate for a few days and every morning I test its back around 0. I tested minutes after dosing and read around 1ppm and I even dosed to my water change bucket and got 1ppm. So I am pretty certain my...
  13. B

    Should I Dose Phosphates

    Hello, I am a new reef keeper, I have a red sea 250 reefer (55g display) that has been running for about 3 months now. Everything seems to be going well, but about a week ago my nitrates reached about 10ppm (API Test Kit), and a lot of brown spots (possibly diatoms) and some green spots started...
  14. S

    Tapering off Vibrant

    summary: I successfully eliminated bubble algea using vibrant. I slowly ramped up my dose from 2ml per week up to 5ml per week. It's taken three months but the bubble algae is finally gone. I think I'm going to slowly ramp down the dose over the next month or two. I have read that vibrant act...
  15. V

    Nitrate problems despite everything I've tried.

    My aquarium nitrates increase despite everything I am doing. I have a 20 gallon tank with a 20 gallon sump filled with biomedia, 5 gallon bucket filled with pumice with water going through at 50 Gph, 200ml purigen, carbon, 15 oz. Cobalt total nitrate, fluidized sand bed filter v2 bio600f...
  16. Andrew Schubert

    Low PO4 but High NO3 help?

    I've been battling some cyano and turf algae pretty much since I've been in the hobby 2 1/2 years ago now. About 18 months ago I thought I found the end all solution...that being the Zeovit system. Ever seen then I've been running the full system (Zeo Stones, Carbon, Zeobac, Zeostart, ZeoFood...
  17. zachj.1109

    Nitrites sky high for weeks

    Hey all, this is my first time posting on here so go easy on me! Also new with saltwater in general, but I have been freshwater fish keeping for a few years, I know, apples to oranges. But I’m in the middle of cycling my tank, it has been going since middle of December. I started with dry rock...
  18. A

    Low nutrients causing sps color loss?

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  20. B

    Cycling with ATM Colony - Day by Day Examples of Parameters

    Hi All, Have just started my Waterbox 70.2 Reef yesterday using the ATM Colony route. Wanted to get an example of how peoples parameters read daily for the first week through using this route as i have not seen this anywhere online and want to get a view of how this approach has worked for...
  21. Afkomjorgen

    Help with elevated nitrates, first salt water tank

    Hello, I need some help deciding how to fix some high nitrate water parameter issues in our tank. This is our first salt water tank. We have a 28gal tall reef/fish tank that has been running for about 1 year 2 months ( has had fish for 1 year) Fish : 2 Clown Fish that are about 3" Diamond...
  22. Afkomjorgen

    High Nitrates in 28g Nano, Need Help deciding next solution

    Hello, I need some help deciding how to fix some high nitrate water parameter issues in our tank. We have a 28gal tall reef/fish tank that has been running for about 1 year 2 months ( has had fish for 1 year). This is our first salt water tank. Fish : 2 Clown Fish that are about 3"...
  23. R

    Noobie reefer looking for advise with persistent algae & poor coral health

    About a year ago I made the mistake of buying a problem tank off Craigslist because it was a good deal (no extra charge for the algae). I’ve been fighting it on and off since. I’ve had bubble, hair, dino(I think) and most recently a red/purple one (red slime?) Also, my coral is clearly not...
  24. newby01

    New fish and Nitrate.

    Hi everyone. I have had my fish only marine tank setup now for about three months. I've had my large nitrate spike (lost some fish) and nitrates are sitting around 5ppm at the moment. I haven't lost a fish in over a month and things seem to be going well. If I was to introduce a new fish, is...
  25. michaelabellz

    High nitrate after water change?

    So just 2 days ago i preformed a water change as my nitrate levels read at a high 25. I’d say I did about a 45% water change with r.o water. But when I checked again today my nitrate readings are exactly the same? The only thing I can think of is doing another water change, but i don’t want to...
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