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No question is a stupid question, but this one kind of is

Postby mrscalhoon » Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:17 am

I need a skimmer... II have a 10 gallon take that was supposed to be FOWLR (I would have put a clown goby in it most likely) that is quickly turing into a nano reef through the encouragement of my husband (He likes corals, right now I only have mushrooms which seem to be pretty happy and hardy). I have 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites, but my nitrate bounces between 20 and 40 and I have been told I need a skimmer (I've never had one before, I've only ever had FOWLR (but maybe should have had a skimmer)... I can't find anything appropriate for a 10 gallon tank so I am looking for suggestions, preferably a HOB because there isn't a lot of room inside due to live rock, about 20 pounds, which will also help with (I think) with water parameters. I've done a few water changes since setting it up (several weeks ago, I started with live rock and live sand to "seed" the tank) but with no appreciable change, using RODI water.
So, Skimmer suggestions? Can I use a biocube skimmer in a regular tank?
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Re: No question is a stupid question, but this one kind of i

Postby mrscalhoon » Sun Jul 31, 2016 11:59 am

sorry just realized this should be in equipment discussion... I don't know how to move and delete.
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Re: No question is a stupid question, but this one kind of i

Postby KJoFan » Sun Jul 31, 2016 12:02 pm

With just a 10 gallon tank I would rely on waterchanges to keep your nitrates down. A skimmer small enough to fit that size of tank isn't going to be the most effective anyway, imo. I would start with a few larger waterchanges (think 50%) to get your nitrates in check and then a 10-20% change weekly or even bi-weekly as your tank matures should be fine enough.

Likely the high nitrates are just a product of the tank being new and completing it's cycle.
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Re: No question is a stupid question, but this one kind of i

Postby mrscalhoon » Sun Jul 31, 2016 1:45 pm

I wouldn't say they are HIGH, but they are definitely higher than I want them to be for sure (zero would be ideal, obviously). I did a 20% change on Friday and they are back down to 20. I have very little livestock in the tank (cuc), but they all seem to be doing fine, and aren't affected by the nitrate levels, but I don't know what affect it would have on them long term.
I added more rock yesterday, though it is not live rock... would a bacteria booster help?
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Postby mrscalhoon » Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:28 pm

maybe I should put on a larger filter too?
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Postby Pallan » Fri Aug 05, 2016 10:29 am

Would not worry about a skimmer small frequent water changes and if using a hob filter rinse it in saltwater maybe the water you take out after a water change often to clean up do not rinse it in sink or ro water that will kill the bacteria that live on the filter.
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