1. When sizing an aquaripure should you take into account existing sump and other filtration into the tank size?
2. Is there any reliable digital nitrate tests on the market recommended or just stick with API? I may be color blind as I can't tell the difference between lower counts.
3. These are the trouble shooting issues I have found on various forums, is there any other issues and remedial action to be taken?
a. Smell of Death
-Resolution: drain tank by flipping upside down. Dry it for several weeks, then reseed with new bacteria and start again.
b. No flow
-Check for clogs in pipe, use coat hanger to jam out gunk and clear line
-Check that pump is functioning.
c.Cloudy water (bacteria bloom)
-Possibly added too much vodka, change water or heavily aerate water to ensure fish have oxygen