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Old 05-20-2011, 07:12 PM   #11
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are you using RO water? I ask because some of the dechlorinaters can give a false high reading of nitrate, I vaguely remember reading it on a bottle a long time ago.
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Old 05-20-2011, 07:13 PM   #12
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Nitrates can and do build up. happens all the time in my fw tanks. I've been lucky with trates sw wise but I also think 10% is too low of a pwc. I keep at 0 nitrates from doing larger water changes I believe. In my 55g i will do 15g easy, sometimes more.
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I did look at the pictures of the tank, you have quite a bit of hair algae, tap water will feed that stuff. It also makes me believe the 60 has to be false, the algae would consume the nitrates, so yes they may be high but the algae is consuming them.
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Old 05-20-2011, 07:17 PM   #14
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You can always do more, but I have never had an issue with 10% weekly. I usually went slightly over, I did 10 gallons on a 65 with a 10 gallon sump.
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Old 05-20-2011, 07:26 PM   #15
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I'll have to do that. I just bought that reef kit. Shucks. I've been using RO for the past 4 water changes. So I've put in 20 gallons of RO and I'm changing out 10 tomorrow and 5 again on Monday.
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Old 05-20-2011, 07:27 PM   #16
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It will take awhile to get it all outta your system, I'm just now a few months later seeing improvement. I used regular treated tap water for the first 2 months and my phosphates have slowly come down and finally at 0 nitrates.
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That's an older picture. I've gotten rid of all the hair algae. Now it's coralline purple, green that's turning purple, and a recent discovery: bubble algae that I've been removing and treating rocks. Nevertheless I'm still battling some form of algae.
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Yeah, the tap will eventually get out of the system.
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I wish I could upload a newer picture from my phone. I took some three days ago that looked really good. I'll take some water to the LFS and also check levels after the PWC tomorrow. I the readings are the same I'll know my test kits are off.
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I'll do my PWC tomorrow and post results after an hour or two. Probably won't make it to the LFS till Monday so I can't compare till then.
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