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    Development: I ordered a Red Sea marine care test kit and did some testing and the results were dramatic.... Ammonia was zero that's was a good thing, my nitrates were 50 ppm!!!! Through the freaking roof! I was in shock... And disapointed in my self. My API test kit showed 10ppm not that bad, but boy was it wrong. I herd the rumors about the accuracy of them being poor but never really experienced it till now. How long has this been going on ? I have began the water change and plan to change at least 95% but can't do it too quickly. This was a eye opener. It's just a shame I had to lose a clown.

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    Well after the water change levels are acceptable and all seems well. Went to FFM and took a look around, didn't bother buying anything seeing as I drill need to get a handle on the nitrates.

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    Default Re: 34g rimless waterfall tank

    Quote Originally Posted by Debow View Post
    Well after the water change levels are acceptable and all seems well. Went to FFM and took a look around, didn't bother buying anything seeing as I drill need to get a handle on the nitrates.
    that was very high nitrates, but at least you only lost one instead of all. Live and learn my friend.

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    Well after a few weeks my nitrates are lowering and I am seeing less algae on the bottom of the tank. I plan on adding a bio pellet reactor in order to help out. Now that I can test and actually know what the levels are I can adjust accordingly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debow View Post
    Well after a few weeks my nitrates are lowering and I am seeing less algae on the bottom of the tank. I plan on adding a bio pellet reactor in order to help out. Now that I can test and actually know what the levels are I can adjust accordingly.
    I've read so much and watched many videos about bio pellet reactors. When used properly people have great results. I was trying to figure out a way to use one on a discus tank. Sad to find out it's not possible as the key is to using it in conjunction with your skimmer

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    Ya I though of that too, I think when I put one on the sw tank I will see great results. Probably just going to make a manifold to run up to 3 reactors bio pellet, gfo, and carbon if needed.

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    Just a 11 month picture update. Fish are doing great still vary little aggression. Water quality has stabilized and nitrates at a minimum. The coralline is growing nicely and finely starting to spot on the bottom. The dry Rock has come along nicely and was worth the wait.
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    So simple but such a cool setup.
    Im not illiterate...only my phone's auto correct is

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan925 View Post
    So simple but such a cool setup.
    +1... I thought the same thing! Really cool tank man!

    Any plans to get some aanemone in there or anything they can go in?

    I was at the mystic aquarium and they have a clownfish herem tank they called it. Tank was like yours but lush with nems and full of clowns, was a pure lovely sight to see!

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    Thanks! I have been power feeding the fish and getting them to grow the most I can before I add any nems or corals. There will be plenty of nems to come. Bubble tips and flower nems.

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    Wow Devon that looks amazing! After reading back a bit I am glad I started with the Red Sea kits. They seem to be very accurate. I have really been able to hone in on my Ca, Mg and KH levels testing and dosing until I get the hang of how they interact.

    Love the group of clowns. Just gorgeous. Not sure if you saw my last post but I just picked up an amazing Flower Nem. This one is way cooler than the first one which is still doing great. The new one came from The Coral Dudes which does mostly online sales but is local and just ordered 100 of these in. Since I was there in person I got to choose mine. Online orders get what they pick for you.

    Can't wait to see the new additions!
    "You can't trust water: Even a straight stick turns crooked in it." -W.C.Fields

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    Thanks, I figure a few more months and I will start to add more inhabitants. Once I got the Red Seal test kit I found myself really being able to accurately test my water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debow View Post
    Thanks, I figure a few more months and I will start to add more inhabitants. Once I got the Red Seal test kit I found myself really being able to accurately test my water.
    It's funny the first time I used the Red Sea kits it took me an hour, now I have it down to a science. I keep a log of readings and dosing. Makes sense of what is going on in there and what I need to adjust.
    "You can't trust water: Even a straight stick turns crooked in it." -W.C.Fields

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