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Old 09/24/2007, 07:34 AM
jjhanlon jjhanlon is offline
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Live rock on live sand?

Could my live rick sitting on my live sand cause nitrates to escalate in my tank? I have heard this before but was unaware if it was true. Thanks.
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Old 09/24/2007, 07:40 AM
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it could, but I would look at other causes first. What kind of equipment are you using, how deep is the dsb, do you run carbon?
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Old 09/24/2007, 07:43 AM
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I am not currently running carbon. Sand is about 3 inches deep. I have a Remora skimmer and honestly I can't remember the name of my canister filter. I performed two twenty gallon water changes this last week(my tank is 100 gallons with 100 pounds live rock). How often should I clean the filter media?
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Old 09/24/2007, 07:46 AM
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LR sitting on or in sand should not cause nitrates if setup correctly. However if you add LR or LS after a cycle then a spike in ammonia could lead to elevated nitrates. If this is not the case, then I bet there is a large amount of detritus accumulating under the rocks.
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Old 09/24/2007, 07:48 AM
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Canister filters are a bit of a hot topic, it is probably causing your problem. From what I hear, they need to be completely cleaned like monthly. With 100 gallons I highly recommend dumping that on ebay or something and setting up a sump/refugium. You will add water volume and see much better results
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Old 09/24/2007, 07:56 AM
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water changes may help too
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