Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 03-01-2006, 11:24 AM   #11
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 66
Quote:
Originally Posted by zenn
i disagree. a 100 percent PWC doesn't make sense at this point unless the water were had been ruined with a toxin...and in that case, you'd have to completely tear down the entire setup and wash it down throughly..

Just contine doing big PWC's until the nitrates go down.
Take 100 percent of the water out and you are taking 100 percent of the nitrates out. Since it appears that the nitrates came in with the water, it would make perfect sense to eliminate the water. Also, why do multiple big water changes when you can do one complete one? It would save quite a bit of time and water expenses.
__________________

__________________
rubikcube is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2006, 07:48 PM   #12
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 697
Quote:
Originally Posted by rubikcube
Quote:
Originally Posted by zenn
i disagree. a 100 percent PWC doesn't make sense at this point unless the water were had been ruined with a toxin...and in that case, you'd have to completely tear down the entire setup and wash it down throughly..

Just contine doing big PWC's until the nitrates go down.
Take 100 percent of the water out and you are taking 100 percent of the nitrates out. Since it appears that the nitrates came in with the water, it would make perfect sense to eliminate the water. Also, why do multiple big water changes when you can do one complete one? It would save quite a bit of time and water expenses.
because then he'd have to start the cycle all over again. By keeping at least some of the water, he's keeping the cycle alive. I don't think he needs to start all over again...by just doing PWC, he can get the nitrates down.

I however, don't like the canister filter alegedly has. They are nitrate factories.
__________________

__________________
75g reef
zenn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2006, 07:14 AM   #13
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: London, UK.
Posts: 40
Yesterday, I performed a 75% water change.

Today the Nitrate levels are at a lighter colour than before which i can definetly say is 25.

I have added some nitrate feeding algie to a corner of the tank and also replaced one of the three trays in the canister filter with kent nitrate sponge... apparently both additions can take up to 4 weeks to show any effect.

I was also advised that adding hermits & some kind of snail which sifts through the sand will help reduce the nitrates further.

AH-99P.
__________________
http://www.99p.net/
AH-99p is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2006, 08:28 AM   #14
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Massachusetts usa
Posts: 106
Send a message via AIM to Mghslowell Send a message via MSN to Mghslowell Send a message via Yahoo to Mghslowell
your no3 are probably comming from your water you supply as well. use ro/di water or go to the store and get distilled :same thing: i had the same problem also too your LR may have a lot of die off on it if it wasnt treated during the cycle phase. make sure you have good current in your tank to clean the LR so it can break down the no3

hth

oh another thing, how big is your tank and how much lr do you have. also. what is your ss?
Mghslowell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2006, 05:17 AM   #15
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: London, UK.
Posts: 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mghslowell
your no3 are probably comming from your water you supply as well. use ro/di water or go to the store and get distilled
I buy all my RO water from the LFS.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mghslowell
your LR may have a lot of die off on it if it wasnt treated during the cycle phase. make sure you have good current in your tank to clean the LR so it can break down the no3
I bought all the LR as fully cured from the LFS, so it'd have been out of water for a max of 10 - 15 minutes. I do have a good current in the tank with the filter feedback and the powerhead.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mghslowell
how big is your tank and how much lr do you have. also. what is your ss?
Tank: 35Gallons
LR: 15-16Kg
SS: what is SS?

AH-99P.
__________________
http://www.99p.net/
AH-99p is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2006, 05:43 AM   #16
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Onatrio Canada
Posts: 32
Send a message via MSN to dankent
I would be its your canister thats causing the problems. Bioballs , biowheels, filter pads, foam blocks. The reason i say this is Nitrates are in the water column and this is not found in your rock or substrate, for the simple reason you are doing heafty water changes and still combating the nitrate problem with no fish in the tank yet ... Personally as a test I would disconect the Canister and run the powerhead only since you have no fish to worry about, do 10 - 20 % daily PWC's and check every day ... if you see a steady decrease ... you may want to look at another form of media for your canister or another alternative.
__________________
Danno
dankent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2006, 05:44 AM   #17
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Onatrio Canada
Posts: 32
Send a message via MSN to dankent
oh one more thing .. you dont have a under gravel filter in there do ya ?
__________________
Danno
dankent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2006, 06:59 AM   #18
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: London, UK.
Posts: 40
I'll take your advice on the canister and see how it goes. I don't have an undergravel filter.
__________________
http://www.99p.net/
AH-99p is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2006, 08:31 AM   #19
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Massachusetts usa
Posts: 106
Send a message via AIM to Mghslowell Send a message via MSN to Mghslowell Send a message via Yahoo to Mghslowell
ss= substrate being crushed coral or live sand
Mghslowell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2006, 09:05 AM   #20
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: London, UK.
Posts: 40
ah... in that case,

ss = "coral" sand... just a very fine off-white / cream coloured sand.
__________________

__________________
http://www.99p.net/
AH-99p is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
nitrates

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
protein skimmers will they help lower nitrates elke General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 3 06-18-2005 02:59 PM
Best way to lower nitrates ? SirLight1337 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 8 06-03-2005 07:27 PM
Best Way To Lower Nitrates?? gump3842k Saltwater Reef Aquaria 9 09-15-2004 11:40 AM
Best Way To Lower Nitrates?? gump3842k Saltwater Reef Aquaria 11 04-24-2004 01:04 AM
High Nitrates And the Best way to lower Nitrates Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 5 11-29-2003 07:40 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:33 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.