Nitrate Question

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  1. Anirban

    Anirban Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Going nice.....let it fall. Sorry for the poor fishy...I was praying that it stays they are so nice looking creature.
     

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    Saturday update

    Algae looks rough. It’s getting uglier. I’m also stumped by the parameters.

    Ph 7.67
    Alk 8.3 this went up from Thursday I haven’t added anything but BVE NP Pro and Pro Bio
    Cal 415 this has dropped
    Mag 1350 this has dropped
    P04 0 registered 1 on the Hanna ulr
    N04 1 has moved in a week. Not eve dosing N04 now

    What am I doing wrong?
     
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    First stop dosing Pro bio S and NP pro. Dont change anything else. You can do your weekly water change. Also dont dose ABEV. Just fish food.
     
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    Been reading some articles. Could the algae I have be Dino’s?

    Could explain why I’m always getting low to zero N03 and P04.
     
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    Algae always consume some PO4 and NO3. So no more carbon source and bacteria.
     
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    TigerReefer Well-Known Member

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    Hey Anirban

    I’ve gotten this stuff on my rocks and sand now any ideas?

    I haven’t dosed anything since Friday. I’ll do my water test in a few and report back


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    Is that thing green or brown? What are your parameters?
     
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    There’s this reddish brown stuff on the sand and the hair looking algae is brown/rust colored.

    Parameters are as follows:

    Ph 7.71
    Alk 8.5 again went up not dosing anything
    Cal 410
    Mag 1350
    P04 .02 ppm
    N03 3ish dark than 2 lighter than 4

    Thoughts? Hair algae developing on a lot of my frag plugs.
     
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    When you last did a water change? Try to clean them up and then do a water change. How old is the tank? Stop the BEV dosing too. But after water change dose 2 drop of NP pro and Pro bios daily. Do you use GFO or carbon?
     
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    Did a 10% water change every Saturday.

    I’ve stopped dosing everything last Thursday. Tank was setup in February, I use both carbon and gfo from Aquaforest in the same reactor.
     
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    When you last changed them? The tank is new so it will go through a bit of uglies.
     
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    I took gfo offline based on your recommendation in a previous post little over a week ago.

    Do you want me to dose 2 drops of no pro and Pro Bio s again daily? Previously you said reduce it to 2 days a week.
     
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    Yeah, I will say just start dosing the NP Pro and Pro bios. We will not start gfo now. First we will try to control it biologically. How much no3 you are dosing now?
     
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    Been 16ml until yesterday when it past the 2ppm mark. I haven’t dosed N03 since Sunday
     
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    Ok start the NP pro and Pro bios and reduce the NO3 dosing to 5 ml.
     
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    Roger that. I’ll keep plugging away
     
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    Saturday update. Thing seem to be trying to calm down.

    I did add 2 8x8x1 marine pure blocks yesterday.

    Here are my parameters

    Salinity 33.3
    Ph 7.63
    Alk 8.7 went up but not dosing anything
    Cal 461
    Mag 1200 seems low
    N03 1.5ppm
    P04 .02 ppm

    Been doing 2 drops of np Pro and Pro Bio s and 5ml of n03

    Any suggestions? Or keep doing what I’m doing?
     
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    If things are improving then don't change anything. I will just keep an eye on that pH and Alk level.
     
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    Hi Anirban

    Update:

    Cleaning rocks about every other day. Some of the algae is gha

    I’ve notice the tops of the rocks in spots are starting to turn from white to red/purple looking. Could this be the start of coralline algae?

    I did my weekly water change here are the parameters.

    Temp 77.7
    Salanity 33.5
    Ph 7.77
    Alk 8.6 I can not get this to drop
    Cal 410
    Mag 1200
    P04 .02
    N04 4ppm (I haven’t had to dose N04 in over a week now)

    Still dosing NP Pro and Pro Bio S 2 drops a day.

    Why would my Alk not be be falling?

    Any comments or recommendations going forward or continue down this path?
     
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    Yeah looks like your system is stabilising. Don't bother about the Alk just keep it steady at any point thats more important. Just don't change anything.
     
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