Thanks for all the info and helping me get my tank in order. Here is what I've done in the past two weeks, but my nitrates were still at 50ppm yesterday morning and I did another 20% water change.
- I took out all of my live rock and sifted the sand forward and placed the live rock back in making sure that I had as little of the rock laying on top of the live sand. My LFS owner mentioned that since my rocks were sitting on top of the sand, this could cause my nitrates to increase due to the dead spots underneath them.
- I put a Chaeto ball in my tank, as well as, two Xenia in my main tank until I get my refugium up and running.
- I took out my bio-balls four days ago because most people I spoke with said the 125lbs of live rock and 100lbs of live sand were sufficient to sustain my system and the bio-balls were obsolete.
- I adjusting my actinic and day lighting to 8 hrs actinic and 6 hours of daylight with my T-5's in order to reduce the algae blooms.
- I buffed up my cleaning crew to 40 hermits, serpent star, 4 peppermint shrimps, 12 astreas snails, 2 large Turbo's, cleaner shrimp, fire shrimp, 17 nas snails.
- I also bought two Hydo Koralia 4 1400GPH powerheads to increase the flow in my tank.
Everything in my tank seems to be doing well and I don't see any stress on my inhabitants including my Rose Bubble anenome. However, I'm not very comfortable with my nitrates being so high even though they improved from 100ppm to between 40 and 50ppm. Is there anything else I should or should I sit tight?
Nitrates are still at 50ppm!!
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I think it may be my test kits because I took samples to two different LFS stores and they told me it's clear of nitrates and my water is perfect. Then I went home and tested it myself with the same water sample and it came up with the same 50 ppm. I think I'll just bring in water samples every week to my LFS. It will save me a lot of headache, cuz I spent the last three weeks doing water changes and hours on my tank. Appreciate the info and I will keep you updated.
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time................time is the only true approach in this hobby...............if yo've made all these large changes in the system and you have dropped from 100 ppm to 50 oom in a few days ..........imagine where you will be in a few weeks ..........time time time .............it takes weeks to cucle a system, it's only logical that it will take weks for it to ajust to large component changes as well.................good job man keep it up !!!!!!!!!!!!!