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    have you tried utilizing certain aquarium plants to help control nitrates?
    water wisteria and hornwort are good candidates. fast growing plants usually equate to fast nitrogen uptake. java fern and anubias are rather slow growers.
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    I thought about some hornwort and I actually already have some Wisteria in another tank.... and crissy sent me some guppy grass to try as well.

    (When a group of us hiked the swamp at ICPS, I saw tons of what I think was hornwort in one of the billibongs.... it was tempting LOL)

    I'm wanting to maintain as much open space as I can, but Iím going to have to find a happy balance somewhere....
    Actually, things have improved quite a bit.... the java fern and moss are growing well and some algae growth also helps

    Right now Iím running 0.66w/gallon so limited to low light or floating plants me thinks...

    Iíve also gotten myself one of the venturi powered vacuums, and added a long discharge hose to my RO system prefilters. So now water changes are pretty painless.... The vacuum removes the water in just a moment or two and the RO prefilter hose gives me a way to refill the system with fresh, dechlorinated and filtered but Non-RO water (and no more buckets woohoo!!)

    Iím also going to start raising Grindal worms as a food source, I think that will help some too.... less uneaten detritus (not that i have much now, Iím careful with feedings... but still)

    (one of my two daily feedings is now frozen brine shrimp which seems to work well too. Their morning meal is Omega brand sinking pellets, the corys and rams love them)

    Had i to do it over, I would have drilled my tank for overflow and cycled the water down to the basement and through Sphagnum cultures. Putting that Nitrate resource to good use and not worried about it!

    Oh well, hindsight is always 20/20
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    Quote Originally Posted by amphirion View Post
    have you tried utilizing certain aquarium plants to help control nitrates?
    water wisteria and hornwort are good candidates. fast growing plants usually equate to fast nitrogen uptake. java fern and anubias are rather slow growers.
    Added a 1gal capacity /40gph HOB Refugium/Algae scrubber this weekend.... :-)
    Have high hopes it will reduce nitrate levels dramatically.

    It looks impressive.... hope it works like I think it should.

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    wooohooo, I have what looks like dozens and dozens of ram babies LOL....
    not sure what to do, I will just let nature take it's course this time around I guess,
    Maybe next time I'll be more prepared and set up a breeder tank and try to raise a few

    sweet!

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    wohoooo!!!! if you can add a sponge in your filter intake, it will increase the chances of having a few just my two cents
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    Ive got a sponge on the refugium intake, but the main filter has an odd shaped intake.... not really a good way to cover it

    next time Ill be ready with a breeder tank

    hope a couple makes it just for sake of first litter

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    Oh Ok, Fingers crossed!!!!
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    video,
    sorry for poor quality, point and click camera vid at much closer distance than it could really focus
    http://youtu.be/ZTcY1ob3QAo

    thanks for looking,
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