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Old 10/30/2020, 12:46 PM   #1
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Does Red Sea NO3:PO4-X work without skimmer?

I have been having fun breeding clown fish. I now can keep over 300 of them surviving every two weeks, but it comes with a problem...

Keeping 300 fish quickly overwhelmed my breeding tanks. I have to do water changes every other day to keep nitrate down.

I was wondering if I could use NO3:PO4-X to help me with the Nitrate, but without a skimmer. Will it work without exporting skim via a skimmer?


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Old 11/01/2020, 03:24 PM   #2
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Definitely needs good skimming. I would dose something like Microbacter7 daily instead. Also there's Special Blend and Nite-Out II from Microbe lift, that I use. Keeps my nitrates at 5ppm in my skimmerless nano.


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Old 11/05/2020, 10:43 PM   #3
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I believe a skimmer is pretty critical to how it works... you need to export the bacterial biomass that feeds off NO3. If you're doing large frequent water changes however you might find success(since this is another way to export those bacteria).


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Old 11/10/2020, 12:28 AM   #4
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Definitely needs good skimming. I would dose something like Microbacter7 daily instead. Also there's Special Blend and Nite-Out II from Microbe lift, that I use. Keeps my nitrates at 5ppm in my skimmerless nano.
That is what I thought. I am now in Europe and I will see it I can find these products here.


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Old 11/10/2020, 12:31 AM   #5
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I believe a skimmer is pretty critical to how it works... you need to export the bacterial biomass that feeds off NO3. If you're doing large frequent water changes however you might find success(since this is another way to export those bacteria).
Doing large water changes is what I have been doing just exporting the nitrate. I guess exporting the bacteria or the nitrate might have the same effect.

What I am trying to say is that NOPOX without skimmer might not add any benefit.


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Old 11/10/2020, 02:44 PM   #6
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Im dosing NOPOX regularly ea. day along with Cal & Mag. Yes you DEFINATLY must use a skimmer with it to export dead bio. It will double the skimmer output skimmate easily. Water changes are about hopeless when cornered with a nitrate issue NOPOX is the answer works FAST! And it saves you the grief of water changes, expense, and unnecessary labor, i now only do 1 water change per month & my SPS are as happy as it gets. Using NOPOX without a skimmer is asking for a mess fast in the DT.


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Old 11/24/2020, 12:09 PM   #7
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Nopox has proven to work extremely well in my experience but yes gotta have that skimmer working overtime !!!

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