Frontosa.com

Frontosa.com is dedicated to the discussion and husbandry of African Cichlids especially the Frontosa/Gibberosa species.
It is currently Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:45 am

Style Select

Green = Released
Orange = Beta Theme
Gray = Pre-beta Theme
Red = New Pre-beta Team
Current Style

fisubice

You must be logged in to use the Styles Changer



We are a free and open
community, all are welcome.

Click here to Register
Online Users

In total there are 10 users online :: 2 registered, 0 hidden and 8 guests

Most users ever online was 119 on Sat Aug 18, 2012 12:57 am

Registered users: Google [Bot], Yahoo [Bot] based on users active over the past 10 minutes

Recent Topics
Hello~!
by: iandraco
Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:21 am
View latest reply...

Intro
by: iandraco
Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:26 pm
View latest reply...

Male or Female, Need...
by: Filip Gorgiovski
Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:24 pm
View latest reply...

substrait accumulati...
by: insite
Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:51 pm
View latest reply...

Intro
by: Allen
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:43 pm
View latest reply...

WTB
by: Barnacle Joe
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:43 am
View latest reply...

We are back
by: Allen
Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:31 am
View latest reply...

show and tell..........
by: Simard
Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:47 am
View latest reply...

Intro
by: sham
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:22 am
View latest reply...

May 2010 Best Fronto...
by: Reisch
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:34 pm
View latest reply...

Clown Loaches Fin ni...
by: peteralan
Sat Jul 29, 2017 1:47 pm
View latest reply...

Frontosa with floati...
by: manfred
Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:33 pm
View latest reply...

Your Fish in Your Sh...
by: peteralan
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:20 am
View latest reply...

Old heifers.........
by: Bwana Makuba
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:20 am
View latest reply...

why wild caught over...
by: Bwana Makuba
Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:02 pm
View latest reply...

Search





This banner is placed in support of my children and their band "Half8n"
May all their hopes and dreams come true.
Help me out! Just click play, Really its 10 minutes of your life... Can you think of 10 minutes you have wasted doing even less?

Stop by and check out their website at http://www.half8n.com
Thank you, Allen
Post a new topic Post a reply 
Page 1 of 2      [ 18 posts ] Next topic { BOTTOM } Who posted Bookmark topic Previous topic
Go to page  1, 2  
Author Message
 Post subject: Please help
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:41 am 
Offline
Jr. Member

Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:34 am
Posts: 25
Location: New York Flag
Please help I'm about to give up.
I have a 250 gallon acrylic tank with a sump. I have a mag18, a mag12 that bring water from my sump to my tank. I have a mag 5 that feeds a DIY denitrator and a 15 watt uv sterilizer that runs back into my sump.
In my sump I have a filter pad, under that I have a nitrate pad under that bio balls. Plenty of carbon and a bag of seachem
I do water changes every week about 30to40%. I feed my fish once a day. I cannot for the life of me get my nitrates down. The tank has been running for a year now and my tap water only has a small amount of nitrates. Please help I'm about to give up on something that I love. This has been very stressfull and very expensive. I also have 2 1250gph circulaters in the tank to keep the krap of the sand
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
This past week I also put some java moss in my tank to try and help but nothing

[ Post made via Mobile Device ] mobile post


Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:41 am
Profile       
Gender place holder
Top
 Post subject: Re: Please help
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:35 am 
Offline
Jr. Member
User avatar

Joined: Fri Aug 17, 2012 1:49 pm
Posts: 28
Location: USA Flag
What are you using to test? Mabe whatever your using to test is the problem.
Have you tried different test kits and got the same results?

[ Post made via Mobile Device ] mobile post


Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:35 am
Profile       
Gender place holder
Top
 Post subject: Re: Please help
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:57 am 
Offline
Associate Admin
User avatar

Joined: Fri May 23, 2008 10:45 pm
Posts: 3904
Images: 40
stevesteve72 wrote:
What are you using to test? Mabe whatever your using to test is the problem.
Have you tried different test kits and got the same results?

[ Post made via Mobile Device ]



I agree you test kit could be bad. Have your local pet store test your water.

_________________
Big Jim
2500 gallons and growing :D

"The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it." –Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson Papers


Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:57 am
Gender place holder
Top
 Post subject: Re: Please help
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:31 pm 
Offline
Jr. Member

Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:34 am
Posts: 25
Location: New York Flag
I have changed the test kit this is the third one in as many months.

[ Post made via Mobile Device ] mobile post


Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:31 pm
Profile       
Gender place holder
Top
 Post subject: Re: Please help
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:36 pm 
Offline
Veteran Member
User avatar

Joined: Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:02 am
Posts: 1320
Images: 1
Location: spokane, wa Flag
if you are not using it already, Prime water conditioner will detoxify nitrates to an acceptable level.

_________________
Show me a cichlid that isn't hungry, and I'll show you a cichlid that isn't healthy.


Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:36 pm
Gender place holder
Top
 Post subject: Re: Please help
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:42 pm 
Offline
Jr. Member

Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:34 am
Posts: 25
Location: New York Flag
Every water change I use stress coat I put a half a cup every time

[ Post made via Mobile Device ] mobile post


Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:42 pm
Profile       
Gender place holder
Top
 Post subject: Re: Please help
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:16 pm 
Offline
Jr. Member

Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:34 am
Posts: 25
Location: New York Flag
Do you guys think a fx5 will help lowering nitrate. I would do anything to solve this problem. I heard if I also hooked up an fx5 it would take care of the nitrate problem from my lfs

[ Post made via Mobile Device ] mobile post


Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:16 pm
Profile       
Gender place holder
Top
 Post subject: Re: Please help
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:31 pm 
Offline
Jr. Member

Joined: Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:23 pm
Posts: 32
Location: edmonton Flag
Paulieb273 wrote:
Please help I'm about to give up.
I have a 250 gallon acrylic tank with a sump. I have a mag18, a mag12 that bring water from my sump to my tank. I have a mag 5 that feeds a DIY denitrator and a 15 watt uv sterilizer that runs back into my sump.
In my sump I have a filter pad, under that I have a nitrate pad under that bio balls. Plenty of carbon and a bag of seachem
I do water changes every week about 30to40%. I feed my fish once a day. I cannot for the life of me get my nitrates down. The tank has been running for a year now and my tap water only has a small amount of nitrates. Please help I'm about to give up on something that I love. This has been very stressfull and very expensive. I also have 2 1250gph circulaters in the tank to keep the krap of the sand
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
This past week I also put some java moss in my tank to try and help but nothing

[ Post made via Mobile Device ]

how big is your sump. Maybe it's to small. If i recall the carbon is for odour and maybe you could delete it and add more filtration?
Just my thoughts.


Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:31 pm
Profile       
Gender place holder
Top
 Post subject: Re: Please help
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:11 pm 
Offline
Jr. Member

Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:34 am
Posts: 25
Location: New York Flag
I just calculated my sump and it is 32 gallons. That is only half filled with water. I have about 2 or 3 gallons of bio balls then the flow passes a sponge that has ceramic nuggets on top then it goes to my pump chamber that has filter sponges on the pumps and my carbon and purigen

[ Post made via Mobile Device ] mobile post


Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:11 pm
Profile       
Gender place holder
Top
 Post subject: Re: Please help
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:12 pm 
Offline
Jr. Member

Joined: Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:23 pm
Posts: 32
Location: edmonton Flag
Paulieb273 wrote:
I just calculated my sump and it is 32 gallons. That is only half filled with water. I have about 2 or 3 gallons of bio balls then the flow passes a sponge that has ceramic nuggets on top then it goes to my pump chamber that has filter sponges on the pumps and my carbon and purigen

[ Post made via Mobile Device ]

i personally run an FX5 on my 300 gallon Mpimbwe tank but i know to or three people with 55 gallon sumps on their 180 gallon. Maybe it's to small and you should add a FX5.


Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:12 pm
Profile       
Gender place holder
Top
 Post subject: Re: Please help
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:11 pm 
Offline
Jr. Member

Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:34 am
Posts: 25
Location: New York Flag
90% of my bio balls are under water does that matter at all

[ Post made via Mobile Device ] mobile post


Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:11 pm
Profile       
Gender place holder
Top
 Post subject: Re: Please help
PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:30 am 
Offline
Member

Joined: Sat Oct 22, 2011 7:56 pm
Posts: 171
Images: 0
Location: california Flag
You need a bigger sump it's not big enough for that size tank you need at least 50 gallon sump

[ Post made via Mobile Device ] mobile post


Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:30 am
Gender place holder
Top
 Post subject: Re: Please help
PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:56 am 
Offline
Jr. Member

Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:34 am
Posts: 25
Location: New York Flag
Will adding an fx5 help

[ Post made via Mobile Device ] mobile post


Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:56 am
Profile       
Gender place holder
Top
 Post subject: Re: Please help
PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:07 am 
Offline
Jr. Member

Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:34 am
Posts: 25
Location: New York Flag
Ok guys I just did a nitrate test on my tap water again and it came up between 20& 40 ppm. Now what here is my problem

[ Post made via Mobile Device ] mobile post


Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:07 am
Profile       
Gender place holder
Top
 Post subject: Re: Please help
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:43 am 
Offline
Veteran Member
User avatar

Joined: Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:28 pm
Posts: 1466
Location: Utah Flag
Paulieb273 wrote:
90% of my bio balls are under water does that matter at all

[ Post made via Mobile Device ]


Get you bio balls out of the water. The way they work is to have your water trickle over them. This will allow the good bacteria along with the air to break down the bad stuff in your water. 90% under water is doing no good at all. I think getting them out of the water will help a ton. I have the water from my tank enter in on a pad that allows the water to trickle through a bunch of holes that the pad sits on trickling down and over the bio balls that are not in the water. Try this and see if it will help good luck don't give up you can solve this!!

:moba :moba :moba :moba :mpimbwe :mpimbwe

_________________
Fish....Fish....Corvette's
JRD


Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:43 am
Profile       
Gender place holder
Top
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Page 1 of 2      [ 18 posts ] Next topic Top Who posted Bookmark topic Previous topic
Go to page  1, 2  
Post a new topic Post a reply


Who is online

Registered users: Google [Bot], Yahoo [Bot]


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to:  

Advertisement
The teamDelete all board cookiesContact Board Administration • All times are UTC + 1 hour

phpBBIntegraMODStargate Portal