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Old 10-30-2004, 10:11 PM   #1
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Algea Problems

I've been trying to get by using tap water but enough is enough. I can't seem to bring the nitrate level down. I just ordered a RO/DI unit. After a few water changes using good water, can I expect the nitrate level to come down?

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You should start to see the nitrate level fall as soon as your first water change but it may take some time to get them down to the 5-10 range. A RO/DI will help greatly but good all around tank husbandry will be needed. Are you using a decent skimmer?
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You may also want to check for PO4. This may cause many algae problems. I agree with the skimmer. If nitrate levels are above 50 I would look into a nitrate sponge or reactor. A sponge is a temporary fix. But they may help get your tank back on track.
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Thanks all. I have a Seaclone 150 protein skimmer. I'll check for phosphates as well.
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