Pete, thanks for the advice. I went to about.com and looked up the math formula for reducing the nitrates. It worked perfectly and now the water has been stable for 3 days @ <5ppm. Not perfect, but as the system matures, it should fall to zero. I also added 10 more trochas, now about 20 mixed snails total, and I am sure this will help as well.
I invested in a power compact light system and now have a programmed dawn/dusk cycle as well as moonlight. My ponies love it and have started courting.
If they do spawn, I would like to try to use one rearing tank with cultured zooplankton ,(difficult method) along with one tank using just brine shrimp (easy method) and just try to find the perfect set-up. I have been to Florida Aqua-Farms website and looked at their starter kits, as well as the items @ Brine Shrimp direct. Is there somewhere I can get instructions on growing phytoplankton and then zooplanktown or should I just pay the $100 for a kit?
I just don’t want to spend money on a kit, when I could do it cheaper. You know tho old saying about a fool and his money :laugh: