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Old 12-16-2011, 06:15 PM   #1
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12g cube nitrate problem

I bought this tank off someone that had let it get really bad. So I bought it and got all the algae off it. Then I took out most of the live rock out (only the pieces covered in hair algae) I then got new rock that was aquacultured and put it in so it was about 12 pounds new rock and one 2 pound rock was left. I have hermits and bumblebee snails

Ha long story short nitrates were at about 125 after I put the new rock in. After about 2 days it went to about 90 then I did a couple water changes and cleaned out the sand and stuff put a poly filter in it and got it down to 40. It's been steady at 40 for about a week now.

What do I do?!?!?
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keep doing water changes. that tank has been carelessly kept for a long while. it's not going to change in a few days or even a week. the algae on the rock was absorbing nutrients, not causing nitrates.
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:20 PM   #3
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Ok. Ha ya it was really bad. But I shall play the waiting game! Do you think I should add more rock it's 14 pounds now.
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12 pounds will work if it is porous rock and looks good. it's a matter of aesthetics at this point.
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Old 12-16-2011, 09:39 PM   #5
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Some of it is nice and porous.

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Ok got a new rock lol
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be careful when adding new rock- it can cause ammonia spikes and kill any critters you may have in there.
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Ok I'll watch it carefully. I always forget the smallest things effect the smaller tanks more obviously but it's hard to remember
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So it never crossed my mind that there were bio balls in the filter so I know those are nitrate traps so I took them out and put some chemipure elite in there
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