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Default Nitrates and stocking levels ?

I was just wondering what people are doing to keep heavily stocked tanks at low nitrate levels aside from massive water changes ? I recently added 15 juvie Petro Red Bulu to my 210 that is also the home to 22 moops. I have never really had any problems but I know I will need to be feeding more and I want to avoid any potential problems. I have always tried to keep my tank stocked on the lighter side but the darn Bulu bug bit me.

Anyway rite now I am filtering with an Eheim 2262, two AC 110's and 2 large sponge filters. I am thinking of possibly adding another filter to help with the extra waste the Petros will add but if you have any other suggestions or tips I'm all ears. Thanks a head of time , any good information is always appreciated
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In my situation i'm over filtering big time, I've packed my 2 FX5's and one XP4 all stages with foam,eheim substrat & BIO mech, 50% weekly water changes always and things are running well.
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Adding another 2262 should do it.

I have 12 adult bulus, 15 4inch bulus, 24 adult trophs, and 6 clown loaches in a 190 gallon tank with 2 2262 running. It's keeping the nitrates <20 pre weekly water change and keeping it clear.
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Nitrates will build according the Volume of water and bio-load. So technically if you have more filters, you'll ultimately have a great volume of water as well.

Key is to not overstock, overfeed and have a greater amount of water per fish or dual weekly water changes if Necessary. Overstocking allows less room for error in any case! It can raise chances of creating Chronic bacterial infections that can lead to things like Popeye and Abdominal Dropsy. hence why both conditions are commonly seen in heavily stocked tanks. Having the right number of fish in a tank is key, no matter the size of the tank. So bigger is better in All Cases! Get the minimum amount of fish needed to disperse aggression and the biggest tank and best filtration you can afford at the time.
Can you fit 30-40 Adult Tropheus in a 75-90 Gallon tank? yes! It's is best? Not in my opinion. That size colony will do much better in a 6ft tank or at least a good 110g 4'x2' tank.

Also, using a Refugium, a Nitrate Scrubber (external sump solely for the purpose of growing algae on a light defuser) or using media that absorbs Nitrate (SeaChems denitrate) can help a lot!
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Thanks for the info, I'm actually considering adding another filter and packing it with Sea Chem Matrix. I have heard some good things about the Matrix and it's potential for slowly lowering nitrates over time. Of course I always keep up on my weekly water changes and that keeps everyone happy.
Is anyone here using matrix as well ?
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I have matrix and pond matrix on both of my 2262.
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