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post #11 of 15 Old 04-27-2007, 08:52 PM
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wow, I'm lost too, there is something wrong in my tank at the moment (last 3-4 months) but did run well with a good load of fish for almost 10years?
what should you have in a sump if bio-balls/cubes create nitrate?
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post #12 of 15 Old 04-27-2007, 08:59 PM
In my sump I have a skimmer, uv sterilizer. With alot of macro algea, and about 20lbs of live rock rubble thats it. My nitrates never raise above 10ppm.
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post #13 of 15 Old 04-27-2007, 11:24 PM
And I'll stress it one more time..... It's not the bio balls that create the problem, it is the lack of attention they generally receive. Do you take them all out and rinse them clean about once every 3 months? Do you tear apart the sump and wet vac it sparkly clean? Typically that answer is no. Most people will leave it as is for 5-10-15 or more years. Look at the shape of them, they are built and intended for BIOFILTRATION not MECHANICAL FILTRATION. However they are perfectly shaped to catch and hold onto particulate matter. As that matter decomposes, rots, away it releases excess nutrients to the tank. They should be kept as clean as possible to maximize their effect.
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post #14 of 15 Old 04-28-2007, 06:36 AM
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I think I will be flushing them clean alot more often now that I have done it (yesterday), I was told not to touch the sump but now that infos over 10 years old and my tank has been on slow down-hill slide over the years.
I've learnt more in the last few days on here then the whole time I've been into Salt.
Thanks guys/gals
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post #15 of 15 Old 04-28-2007, 06:54 PM
Sounds great but remember to work slowly. It took 10 years for your tank to slide...... Don't fix it in 10 days. Just do a little bit at a time or you could upset the Karmic balance it currently has.
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