I just took my weekly readings in my tank and everything is in check except nitrates. They are getting pretty high. 80ppm So how do I get them down?
That is what I change. I just had all my fish in my QT for ich and the water change I did for that was 25%. I ran the test today to see how my parameters were before the fish come home. That's when I noticed the change in nitrates. It could be because the fish were not in to eat all the food and the cleanup crew didn't eat all that I put in. I am using the API test kit and from what I hear it tests high for nitrates.How much water at a time do you change? I personally prefer a 10% per week.
Dying off macros is an easy fix, do a test and see if there is enough iron, and supplement that...or LOL...add a little tap water, it has enough junk in it to feed macros that you will ever need..The only problem I have had with macroalgae is when your nitrates and phosphates are under control the macroalgae can die off because of lack of nutrition. My thought is you over feed and your clean up crew didn't get it all which caused all your parameters to spike and you only noticed it towards the end of the cycle.
HmmmmmmmmmmmmmDying off macros is an easy fix, do a test and see if there is enough iron, and supplement that...or LOL...add a little tap water, it has enough junk in it to feed macros that you will ever need..
My Dear friend,Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm
you mean with macros you can use tap water.
And a big LOL
My Dear friend,
Did you not see my LOL? Re-read the sentence... I said, and I quote: "or LOL...add a little tap water, it has enough junk in it to feed macros that you will ever need"..
So no, I do NOT recommend, nor agree to fill ones tank with tap water, ever. Even with macros you should still not use tap water, a little as macro food, MAYBE....if it starts dying off, or add some iron AFTER you test first to see if it's needed.... There is stuff in tap water that macros will not feed on, such as fluoride and chlorine for example.
Just making a beaslbob point. Didn't mean to get my good friend Flower all upset.
I use iron also.
And had a mixed reef tank for 9 years using tap water.
But then I'm just a wierdo anyway. Didn't even do water changes.
so go figure.
But didn't mean to get Flower upset.
Now Bang Buy I used to upset all the time. We just laugh it off. LOL