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Old 10-31-2009, 03:33 PM   #61
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I would not worry about a nitrate reading of 10 on a new tank setup.
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Old 10-31-2009, 03:59 PM   #62
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blue71.....I do have the nitrates down to about 5ppm maybe a little less, I will evenutally buy an RO/DI. My tap water has 0 nitrates and 0 phosphates, and I do use a tap water purifier by Aquarium Pharmisuticlas More rock is in the tank building bacteria using the BioClean. No Nitrites.

thincat...its not a new tank setup, just one I let get out of hand and let the nitrates hit 160ppm. Just trying to get under control again.

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Old 10-31-2009, 04:41 PM   #63
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blue71..... My tap water has 0 nitrates and 0 phosphates,
Yousa.. where u from?
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I have to wonder about your readings also. I work for a water municipality and I know that nitrates and phosphates are the first things added. Are you mixing your water with the salt and then checking the water with your SW kits?
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Old 10-31-2009, 08:20 PM   #65
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I have to wonder about your readings also. I work for a water municipality and I know that nitrates and phosphates are the first things added. Are you mixing your water with the salt and then checking the water with your SW kits?
I am in the mountains of Stuarts Draft Va. The spring water has a lot of limestone and greenstone. I have checked my nitrates before and after adding salt. I still use the tap water purifier from AP.
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Old 11-06-2009, 11:20 PM   #66
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well I got my nitrates down to 5ppm changed 25g last Sunday today my nitrates are about 15ppm. The only thing I have been doing is adding reef rock a little at a time. Could that be causing it? I am going to change another 25g tomorrow. I just made a batch of saltwater and the Nitrates are 0 in the mix. Tested it twice. Where could the nitrates be coming from?
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Nitrates are the second to the last part of the Nitrogen cycle or should I say the last. You feed the fish, they eat the food, changes to ammonia, nitrite, then to nitrate and if taken one step futher via a DSB, back to nitrogen gas and bubbles off into the air.
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So either feed less, less fish or both....or more water changes.....
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no fish in tank, so there is no feeding
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You've mentioned several times about using "BioClean". Not sure what that is, but if it's some type of bacterial supplement, and there's nothing in there for the bacteria to eat (ammonia from fish), then the bacteria is going to die off. And bacteria dieing off creates... nitrates.

I did some searching and found several snake oil... err... I mean "aquarium helpers" called "BioClean". Not sure what exactly the stuff is, but I'd wonder if that's not the source of your mystery nitrates - either directly or indirectly.

Adding uncured reef rock will cause die off, but I wouldn't think that'd be enough to boost the nitrate levels that much in a few days. I'd be suspicious of the stuff you're putting in the tank.
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