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Old 10/21/2007, 09:49 AM
josh.vince josh.vince is offline
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Cool test readings - I'm so Happy!!!

wow, after 9 months of reefkeeping and the nitrates never dropping below 20 (seemingly no matter how often I did water changes) - finally!

Just tested Nitrates *before* the water change this morning, and I had to do the test again to make sure I didn't screw up! Both times I get a reading of ZERO...

Phosphate is also at zero - so I guess the DIY reactor I just built will just have to have carbon in it.

I can only guess that this must be due to one or both of the following:

1. Chaeto in my refugium is taking off and using all the nitrates
2. Stopped using a canister filter (I have about 50 lbs of live rock in a 45 gallon + 20g sump).

Sorry to ramble on, I'm just so excited right now!

Old 10/21/2007, 10:42 AM
KurtsReef KurtsReef is offline
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Congrats..Cheato works well. if your phosphates are not zero use the DIY for phosban.
Old 10/21/2007, 02:32 PM
PCIALF PCIALF is offline
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The canister filter was probably a nitrate breeding ground


The answer is always no if you never ask the question.....
Old 10/21/2007, 06:14 PM
tmz tmz is offline
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Nice job. It's a great feeling to conquer water parameters.

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