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just wondering if it was true that macro algae reduces the nitrate levels in a tank. my levels are getting high and i am starting water changes. i am also going to be getting more live rock, live sand, and a better skimmer. these are all ways to reduce nitrate levels.....right?
 

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YES they are . Marco algae is in fact one of the most effective methods being most beneficial. The second is lots of LR and good LS .Third is protein skimming and last but mot least is regular water changes. These methods should be considered as crucial key elements in a Salt water setup and maintenance. Not only will the addition of a refugium provide a suitable enviornment for "Chaetomorpha" macro algae to grow(which will require pruning as it fills the refugium tank). It also provides a peaceful growing enviorment for microscopic organisims, pods etc to reproduce thus in turn helping to feed your coral and fish.HTH:)

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