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Old 04-17-2007, 05:31 AM   #1
 
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Bio sump problem?

Hi, great site/forum and hope you guys can help me.
I have a saltwater tank that has been set-up for just over 10 or so Years. Its 4x1.6x1.6 foot with good size bio tank, I think it all holds about 250/280ltr.
I have 4 2000ltr ottos, one in the sump, 2 in the tank for flow and the last one in the sump, which go through a UV and then through 2 fluidised(?) beds and back into the sump.
The tank sit around 26 in winter to 27/28 in summer. Got about 18kgs of live rock. I change 50 liters about every 3 weeks. the last 4 months its only had 5 small fish, the largest being a wrasse of about 5 inches and they only get feed every 2 days(2 cubes of marine green and 1 brine or Krill cube).
All my fish have always come from the Gold Coast Seaway as with my fresh water unless I go outside on calm days.
The thing is when I've been doing my water tests the passed month the Nitrate is off the scale. I can change up to 100liters every 3 or 4 day till its all sweet and then in 3weeks off the scale again.
Now my question is this, is there a time frame, age limit to a Bio Tank?...
Should I pull the sump out and clean it out as if it was like new again?
Hope I've put enough info in and that someone can help.
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Old 04-17-2007, 02:22 PM   #2
 
Bio sump problem

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from what you are saying i would imagine you are experiencing heterotrophic competition, meaning that an organic bacteria is thriving in your sump rather than an inorganic which you would prefer.
sumps dont not have a time on how often they should be clean, but by what you are saying i would assume you are just running a sump with filter media. what i would suggest to do is to give your sump a once over, but without to much disturbance - so if possible syphon out all solid debris in the filter and give 25% of the media a rinse through and carry this out a few time to prevent to much disturbance on your system.

hope this has been helpful

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Old 04-18-2007, 01:13 AM   #3
 
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Thanks mate, will give it a go as I've everything else.
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Old 04-18-2007, 03:01 AM   #4
 
10 years is pretty stable..id assume ur testers r off, they all have expirey dates i think the ammonia/nitrate/nitrites r good for 6 months then the chemicals break down.what r u using test strips or liquid? take it to ur LFS i over heard some one at the store having the exact same problem with high readings but tank was fine.do u have bio balls? they r usually the key for high readings too.
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Old 04-20-2007, 05:59 PM   #5
 
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I did take some water to get tested at my local and they got the same reading. I have Bio balls with a layer of biggish broken coral on the bottom and then the 2 fluidised beds.
there is a fair bit of crap on the bottom of sump.
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Old 04-27-2007, 03:24 AM   #6
 
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Quote""i would imagine you are experiencing heterotrophic competition, meaning that an organic bacteria is thriving in your sump rather than an inorganic which you would prefer.""

so, is there a way to fix this if thats the case? I have just flushed out the sump and changed 50ltrs of new water, will change another 75ltrs in 2 days.I'll keep changing that much water till my Nitrate is back down.
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Old 04-30-2007, 03:35 PM   #7
 
unfortunetely this is a natural problem, and will persist until the cause is removed! what are your reading like at present? also do you have live rock in your system (approx weight?)
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Old 04-30-2007, 04:11 PM   #8
 
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Have about 20-25lbs of live rock, tests yesterday are nitrate 10-20,SP @ 1.021...(it was1.025 when first had problems). Ph 8.0, Amm nil, Nitrite nil,Cal 400ppm. Have changed about 75ltrs of new water and 20ltrs of a Tap water with Prime in it. am going to turn my lights back on tomorrow and I'll do 75ltr water change.
My Nitrate was 160 originally.
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Old 04-30-2007, 04:51 PM   #9
 
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...forgot to say, that I took up some water to my local ,2 days, and he tested Nitrate @10ppm I had done 50 ltr water change but he said it would still be up abit like 40-80ppm or so. So my test kit my not have been OK or not shaken enough.
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Old 05-02-2007, 06:12 PM   #10
 
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Well, didn't take long, I have changed over to an active reef plug sump. the only thing is since I've stripped out the old Bio-cubes from the sump I've been sick in bed for the last 24 hours or so. May not have anything to do with it but seems strange that with in 2-3 hours of the clean out i get the sweats and headache, not to bad but enough to slow ya down.
Any way the tank seems good, all water tests good so far, am testing twice a day just to keep an eye on it.
Looking long way through my tank has always had a slight green hue in the water but this morning its so clear. Fish are a lot happier... maybe because the Wrasse has gone.
I go off tomorrow to buy a Skimmer, where I'm going to put it is another thing.
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