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Old 10-15-2014, 12:36 AM   #41
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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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Old 10-15-2014, 09:19 AM   #42
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I brought it from on of the guys who worked @ the lfs. He said he had extra sand, if I needed for cheap


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Instant ocean hydrometer & also the tube lookin hydrometer like the ones used in lfs. Both r reading the same


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Canister and skimmer my friend. Nutrients = nitrates. If your canister catches all those exta uneaten food what do you get?
You get low levels of increased nitrates.. say 5 to 10ppm. Not a sudden overnight jump to 80ppm. That would be the equivalent of 4 to 5 weeks of food decaying overnight.
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In that case the only conclusion is incorrect test result.
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In that case the only conclusion is incorrect test result.

Not always if you stirred your sand up when cleaning you can have spikes in the tank also it can lead to new tank syndrome it's all depending


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Not always if you stirred your sand up when cleaning you can have spikes in the tank also it can lead to new tank syndrome it's all depending


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The conclusion is only based on the OP's case and not in general. Even then, stirring substrate will release toxic gas instantly but not nitrates. As stated nitrates can gradually go up but not overnight .
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I'm sad & about to give up on corals!!! I lost them. The open brain was my favorite. My Nitrate reading was right... Got a 2nd opinion from a different lfs testing my what. The other guy probable did the test incorrectly. But that day or so kinda made things worst. Last night did a 10g water change, nitrate test @ 20. It's getting better, but it hurt my heart to see my corals melt away!!!! :-(




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Oh also I was advised to get that sand out of my sump. Stop the flow, just running my canister & will clean the sump out later


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Turn off sump and canister unless you replaced filter media and do large water change until nitrate is at acceptable level. Sump may contribute nitrate from new sand washed with tap water. Washed filters from muddy canister can contribute also.
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