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Old 10-14-2014, 10:53 AM   #31
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hmm, good points.
My thought was that the live rock was enough to break down the waste, yet not enough to prevent spikes and the spikes are what may have been the initial stressor for the corals. That was my thought.

and the 80 ppm of nitrate isn't what got my attention considering it does accumulate over time, it was the doubling of the levels in a day or two that I took notice of and indicates some major issues going on and for it to rise that fast would indicate that ammonia and nitrite were also probably elevated, but harder to detect or "catch".

I guess we can all just agree is sounds like multiple things were done within a really short period of time and it has resulted in a mess.
Another cautionary tale of why it is important to take things slow and methodical when making major changes.
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Wow... Took me a day to take all of it in. Like to thank everyone for their comments & replies. Last wk when u tested nitrates & ammonia were both at zero. As for cleaning out my canister I did that before you guys had began posting your reply. It was filthy look like mud water :-(. I know I was definitely overfeeding I scaled-back on that. I will test the nitrate again today before I do 25% what a change. Didn't want to do water changes back to back one day after the other, thought it would stress the life in my tank. The small amount of lr is only in that small sump I have. In my display I have about 67/70 lbs of lr. The tank is not finalized yet, it's still a work in progress. I am not satisfied w/ my aquascape yet
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Old 10-14-2014, 01:07 PM   #36
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if your nitrates are 80 like im reading , i would say big water changes
to get it to a safe level ,
you may need to do several over the next week once you get it down to a safe level
it's time to figure out what caused the spike over feeding ect, it could also be in the water you use is it tap if so thats a big no no, ro/di have you ever tested the water you are adding to the tank that could be the source
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Alright I took my wanted to be tested at the lfs. He said it was perfect but my salt was at dangerous levels .27 when I tested the levels it was it .22, .23. And my nitrates are still reading high, bout 80 when I came home and did the test. I'm wondering if it's my test it says it will expire in 2017. But that still doesn't explain why the salinity differ from the LFS reading I really don't know what to think at this point


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Sorry... I clean the canister about every six months at a time every 3. My ammonia is it zero, nitrates are at 80 my phosphates are at 5, calcium at 420. Nit zero and pH at between 8.2 & 8.4.
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Has everyone overlooked the canister being cleaned every 6 months? I would turn off canister for now and fix or fine tune skimmer then reduce feeding after 50% pwc.
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Has everyone overlooked the canister being cleaned every 6 months? I would turn off canister for now and fix or fine tune skimmer then reduce feeding after 50% pwc.
A canister wouldn't suddenly crank a nitrate reading up to 80ppm. It would however contribute to a continuous low level reading. It's not really the root of the problem. Also, if I'm not mistaken someone already mentioned cleaning the canister more often.
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Canister and skimmer my friend. Nutrients = nitrates. If your canister catches all those exta uneaten food what do you get?
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