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Hi I wonder if anyone can help , I got a second hand marine tank about 8 weeks ago, it’s 4 foot and has a sump that’s nearly the same length, I just can’t get the nitrate down, all other parameters are good, I’m wondering if the sump is maybe not set up right? As my first tank doesn’t have one, it has 4 sections first is very small so that’s just got the pipe going into it that’s pulling the water from the tank second section has bio balls and the woolly stuff and the skimmer, next section live rock the filters then just the pump to pump the water back into tank, is this wrong? Any ideas ? I’ve been doing water changes every 3-7 days and pulling my hair out, the LFS is looking after the guys I bought to go in it but I can’t get them until I sort this, any advice appreciated x

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Add a refugium in the sump with cheato and a light shud help eat up the nutrients

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What are your nitrates? What are the rest of your levels?

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Reply #3

The water level in the return is very low. I'd raise that to about an inch below the last baffle.

That won't help with nitrates though. Is the sand new?
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Reply #4

What are all the parameters at the moment?
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Hi all, at the moment the parameters are just sticking at - SG 1.23, Ph 8.2, ammonia 0, nitrite 0. Nitrate around 50ish the colour is between the 40 and 80 colour chart, it has been up to 160 , today I got a phosphate test which is 1.
I have now added the cheato and raised the water , the sand is what came with it and there seems to be lots of worm type critters in there, when setting up I used some of the old water from previous owner, it’s a total puzzle to me!

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Reply #6

Sorry also added a full spectrum light for the cheato,

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Other than the SG being a bit low I wouldn't worry too much about adding fish just now. Maybe with some bottled bacteria just to give it a boost. My reef tank runs at about 40-50 nitrates.

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Also think I just id’d the worms, Bobbit worms?

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Or a bristle worm?

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Bristle worm I'd say. Nothing to worry about, good CUC.

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My first tank runs at nearly 0 nitrate so was thinking this 40-80
might be too high considering they coming from a tank at around 10 I think, these are expensive fish and I’m worried about them keeling over especially as I’ve been visiting them both and very attached already 😊

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Reply #12

Would maybe just acclimate them over a longer time. That's me though. I possibly take too many risks. Maybe give the cheato a week to work and see from there.

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Reply #13

Did u remove the sand when moving the tank to yours as stirring it up maybe what's causing the high nitrates

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Yes I did,  was massively heavy even without it!, that would make sense actually but would it normally take this long to settle?  Or is that a sort of how long is a piece of string question? Thank you so much everyone for your advice 😊

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