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Old 05-20-2011, 06:43 PM   #1
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Help! Nitrate phosphate problem

I just checked my parameters today:
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 60!!
Phoshpate: .25
SG: 1.024

I do about an 11% water change every Monday but am planning an emergency water change at 25% tomorrow. Mixing water tonight. I don't feed every day. What could cause such high nitrates?
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How big is your tank? Is 11% substantial enough based on tank size?
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I typically change 10% weekly on my tanks. It has worked well thus far. What are you using for a test kit? If it is API liquid, I am 90% sure it is your chemicals.
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is nitrates being at 60 going to harm any live stock?
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Old 05-20-2011, 06:55 PM   #5
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Can hurt inverts, that level won't kill fish, but it certainly isn't good. What is your bio load and how big is the tank?
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It's a 46 gallon.
I use API liquid. What do you mean by chemicals? I don't dose my tank with anything but my salt mix.
I can't remember what the acceptable levels of nitrates and phosphates were but I thought it was the fewer the better. 60 seemed high. All my inverts are fine and my snails are fine but I don't want to wait till Monday to find out.
How can I keep my nitrates lower? Bigger water changes?
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Lol, I am 90% sure the test is off. API doesn't print the manufacture dates for their chemicals, so you never know how old they are. My last API kit said my Nitrates were 100, in reality they were 5. I have the LFS test it then bought a new test kit.
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I really, really doubt your nitrates are that high when you are doing PWC and not feeding every day.
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Old 05-20-2011, 07:05 PM   #9
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Discussed bioload in a different thread:
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Discussed trying to take my damsels out.
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Thats not the issue. Recheck the water at the LFS and see what they come up with.
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