Nopox and dr Tim’s waste away

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Battling high nitrates from what I think was due to overusing ab+.

In all my tanks I normally use dr Tim’s waste away, once a week as instructed in directions.

But now I’ve been using nopox daily to help lower nitrates.

Can I use both these products at same time? Can I dose them both the same day? Or on the one day a week that I dose waste away, should I skip the nopox?
 

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To get rid of nitrates I'd increase water changes and look at how much is being fed as well as being sure there's enough phosphorus (>.03 mg/l). I wouldn't use NoPox or any other kind of labile DOC (aka carbon dosing) that's going to promote microbial growth. It's anybody's guess if the microbial growth being promoted is beneficial or detrimental to corals. If you want to read up on DOC and microbes here's some links:

"Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas" This video compliments Rohwer's book of the same title (Paper back is ~$20, Kindle is ~$10), both deal with the conflicting roles of the different types of DOC in reef ecosystems. While there is overlap bewteen his book and the video both have information not covered by the other and together give a broader view of the complex relationships found in reef ecosystems


Changing Seas - Mysterious Microbes


Microbial view of Coral Decline


Nitrogen cycling in hte coral holobiont


BActeria and Sponges


Maintenance of Coral Reef Health (refferences at the end)
 

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Look up Donovan's nitrate destroyer. I believe it's pinned on the DIY page. You basically use a separate container of media to dose carbon into. It'll eat up nitrates once it gets going and is tunable. Also there are plenty of carbon dosed tanks that thrive. Look up SunnyX.
 

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