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Old 03-08-2015, 10:13 PM   #1
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911 High Nitrate Need reduce ASAP

My nitrate level in my randy went up to 50 holy crap. Changed 30 percent of water a day before. It went down to 10 but went back up to 30. I use instant reducer and Red Sea products daily and weekly. I have a 180 gallon skimmer for a 125 gallon tank. I got a 20 gal Refugium. I have 4 fish and 3 little corals. I can't find the source to what is wrong. Need help asap.


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Old 03-08-2015, 10:17 PM   #2
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Did you disturbed your substrate before nitrate went up. Have you done anything which was not your routine?
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Old 03-08-2015, 11:22 PM   #3
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I added some live sand but I did that to help reduce nitrates


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I don't believe that's how live sand works. basically, in order for it to reduce nitrate, there needs to be low oxygen zones where anaerobic bacteria will reside. This would require you to add a considerable amount of sand and wait for anaerobic bacteria to grow and start converting nitrate. It will not instantly start lowering your nitrates, and could very possibly have been the reason they went up.
I would do some water changes to bring nitrates down.
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Thanks Mr X. Sorry didn't give you guys a full update. I added some live sands about a week and a half ago. My nitrate didn't rise then. I did 2 water change since then. I'm thinking about adding a carbon reactor to it to fix this issue. I can't afford changing 30% water of a 125 gallon twice a week


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I still think it was the sand that made it rise. I think a few water changes and you'll be fine if that's the case. Otherwise, look to flow, feeding, and/or nutrient export. What type and size are the fish? How often are you feeding? What is "instant reducer"? What Red sea products are you adding daily, and how much?
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I have a tang 2 1/2 - 3 inch. 1 inch clown fish. 2 gobbys. 1 fired shrimp. 30 snails or so and a chocolate chip star fish. 3 little corals still on my frag plug. I use instant ocean nitrate reducer 100 ml each week and phosphate nitrate reducer 15 ml daily

I have a 125 gal tank w/ 100lb live rock. 20 gal Refugium. Over flow box HOB and 2 canister filter and a 180gal skimmer.


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How often and how much are you feeding? I would skip the nitrate reducer and phosphate reducer. Find out what is causing it and fix the problem there, instead of pouring more stuff in the tank. What brand and model is this skimmer? How often are you cleaning the canister filter?
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I have a tang 2 1/2 - 3 inch. 1 inch clown fish. 2 gobbys. 1 fired shrimp. 30 snails or so and a chocolate chip star fish. 3 little corals still on my frag plug. I use instant ocean nitrate reducer 100 ml each week and phosphate nitrate reducer 15 ml daily

I have a 125 gal tank w/ 100lb live rock. 20 gal Refugium. Over flow box HOB and 2 canister filter and a 180gal skimmer.


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why are you using those products? those both can be maintained with water changes and i doubt either product actually does anything. clean your canister filters, they can become a nitrate trap.
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I feed my fish very little once a day I have a Aquatop skimmer I dump it out every day and wash it


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