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General Reef Discussions / Re: Water changes Yes or No?
« Last post by The land shark on Today at 12:21:19 pm »
Do you dose anything for trace elements?

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Im sure he does. I havent done a water change since setting the tank up. i dose 20ml Nyos mag and calc and 55ml alk daily which is keeping things stable and 25ml a week of nyos trace elements personally. I plan on doing an icp test in 2 or 3 months dependant on how things are looking.
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General Reef Discussions / Re: Water changes Yes or No?
« Last post by ajm83 on Today at 6:30:26 am »
Did 1 on my 4fter in about 3 years.  Not done any on my 6fter in 2 years.   I have a deep sand bed though, so a lot of surface area for bacteria.
Do you dose anything for trace elements?

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General Reef Discussions / Re: Water changes Yes or No?
« Last post by HK_Fuey on May 23, 2018 11:28:05 pm »
Did 1 on my 4fter in about 3 years.  Not done any on my 6fter in 2 years.   I have a deep sand bed though, so a lot of surface area for bacteria.
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Beginners Questions / Re: Nitrate high
« Last post by Barney67 on May 23, 2018 9:15:36 pm »
great thanks for the inputs i will follow, i notice around the post a few people seem to be replacing the sponge element s with live rock rubble, what sort of results have people seen doing this?
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Beginners Questions / Re: Nitrate high
« Last post by chilliman on May 23, 2018 8:35:35 pm »
Thanks for the replies, I have replaced the sponge at 3 month points but I have to say I've not rinsed them each time I've done water change as I thought that would dispose of good filter bacteria. I have added some additional seeded nuggets to the first stage basket to try and increase filter capacity.

Feeding - I'm giving a small pinch of flake in the morning and half a cube of frozen mysis in the evening which i rinse and dry before feeding.
Test kits - tried API but struggled with colour difference so using Salifert.
Coral food is Salifert liquid.
No sump just the Hydra Filtron 1000 canister filter.

I will go for the larger volume water changes to try and get it down steadily.

you don't need replacing the sponges just rinse them with a couple of litres of tank water in a bucket you won't lose any of the good bacteria.your  frozen cube just rinse in ro water and then drain it back in a small  strainer and then feed . it has been known frozen food have  nitrate and phosphate levels.
if above is followed with reg water changes your levels will get lower.
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Beginners Questions / Re: Nitrate high
« Last post by The land shark on May 23, 2018 8:13:54 pm »
someone else will hopefully come along with advice that are using a canister filter but i personally think 3 months is too long. I would expect weekly maintenance along with the water changes would be more advisable.
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Beginners Questions / Re: Nitrate high
« Last post by Barney67 on May 23, 2018 8:03:23 pm »
Thanks for the replies, I have replaced the sponge at 3 month points but I have to say I've not rinsed them each time I've done water change as I thought that would dispose of good filter bacteria. I have added some additional seeded nuggets to the first stage basket to try and increase filter capacity.

Feeding - I'm giving a small pinch of flake in the morning and half a cube of frozen mysis in the evening which i rinse and dry before feeding.
Test kits - tried API but struggled with colour difference so using Salifert.
Coral food is Salifert liquid.
No sump just the Hydra Filtron 1000 canister filter.

I will go for the larger volume water changes to try and get it down steadily.
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Members Tanks / Re: Andys 52L sea evo
« Last post by afcajax73 on May 23, 2018 1:17:23 pm »
Not yet haha
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Members Tanks / Re: Andys 52L sea evo
« Last post by hotashes on May 23, 2018 12:35:02 pm »
Well... following the advice, he has gone.. shame really, but the bloke in the LFS knew where it was for and when I went back accepted it would be better off back there.

Everything else is fine though, been putting a little frozen in for the shrimp, and it goes nuts for it

Have you held your hand next to the shrimp yet and let it grab your fingers.  Maybe they like hard skin lol.

A.
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Members Tanks / Re: Andys 52L sea evo
« Last post by afcajax73 on May 23, 2018 12:26:19 pm »
Well... following the advice, he has gone.. shame really, but the bloke in the LFS knew where it was for and when I went back accepted it would be better off back there.

Everything else is fine though, been putting a little frozen in for the shrimp, and it goes nuts for it
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