Balancing Nitrate and Phosphate

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Truthfully I do not think there is an ideal level of NO3 or PO4. More so I think there is a wide range of ok. With that said, I think silicates and other nutrients play into cyano, diatoms, and dinos more then we realize.

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How long does it normally take for silicates to deplete in a new tank? Ive had mine set up for 1.5 months and have what looks like a Dino outbreak. Then again it could be something else because my PO4 is .02 and NO3 5ppm.
 
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Hey everyone.

I have a 65g hard coral reef, with roller filter, good skimmer and lots of rock.

I have been struggling with cyano on the rocks since changing from realreef rock to TMC ecorock.


I have been attempting to balance my nitrate and phosphate, by dosing nitrate to get up to around 5-7. The phosphate is at about 0.03, but cyano remains.

Does anyone have any tips of ideal levels for both to balance and remove cyano due to imbalance?

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How long does it normally take for silicates to deplete in a new tank? Ive had mine set up for 1.5 months and have what looks like a Dino outbreak. Then again it could be something else because my PO4 is .02 and NO3 5ppm.
I found out that for me if i keep my phosphages below 0.05 i get a dino outbreak i gotta keep my phosphates at 0.10 just to be safe. And never do a water change.
 

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How long does it normally take for silicates to deplete in a new tank? Ive had mine set up for 1.5 months and have what looks like a Dino outbreak. Then again it could be something else because my PO4 is .02 and NO3 5ppm.
In a new tank I doubt you have very much silicates at all. Probably being that your tank is only a month and a half old, you are just going through the ugly phase that all tanks go through.
 

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In a new tank I doubt you have very much silicates at all. Probably being that your tank is only a month and a half old, you are just going through the ugly phase that all tanks go through.
That’s what I’m hoping. I did a black out and did Dr Tims treatment. But now it’s back. I just going to dose more live bacteria and see what happens
 
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Hey everyone.

I have a 65g hard coral reef, with roller filter, good skimmer and lots of rock.

I have been struggling with cyano on the rocks since changing from realreef rock to TMC ecorock.


I have been attempting to balance my nitrate and phosphate, by dosing nitrate to get up to around 5-7. The phosphate is at about 0.03, but cyano remains.

Does anyone have any tips of ideal levels for both to balance and remove cyano due to imbalance?

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