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Old 07-06-2005, 10:40 PM   #1
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Nitrate levels zero with no recent water change

I have not changed my main tank water in about 2 months. My Nitrate levels are not detectable. Check my sig to see my setup.

I would like some insight. Do you think the algae growing on my LR is enough to keep tjhe nitrate levels down.

The tank (for its size) is not heavily stocked.

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Old 07-06-2005, 11:28 PM   #2
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Dang! 450g, I would hate to do a w/c for that tank lol! What kind of algae is it?
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150 gallon, 30g fuge/sump, 4.5 watt/gal VHO Lighting, 4" sand bed, 290 lbs LR, CDX-3 Nitrate/Phosphate filter

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Old 07-07-2005, 08:40 AM   #3
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Check your testing supplies, and have a confirmation test done at lfs. Although tanks seems to be lightly stocked and it could be that you have a nitrate cycle going too.
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Old 07-07-2005, 09:18 AM   #4
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With a tank that large and low in fish numbers IMO having no nitrate is ok. If you have any type of algae it is feeding off what NO3 is in the tank keeping levels undetectable. Im not sure what a Nitrate cycle is?? never heard of it..

How many gals or water do you use when doing a water change...
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Old 07-07-2005, 09:39 AM   #5
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With a tank that large and low in fish numbers IMO having no nitrate is ok. If you have any type of algae it is feeding off what NO3 is in the tank keeping levels undetectable. Im not sure what a Nitrate cycle is?? never heard of it..

How many gals or water do you use when doing a water change...
I use about 90 gallon for a water change. thanks
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Old 07-07-2005, 10:25 AM   #6
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90 gallons....WOW.... thats a lot of water.... And I ***** when I do a 20 gallon.
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Old 07-07-2005, 01:02 PM   #7
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90 gallons....WOW.... thats a lot of water.... And I *beep* when I do a 20 gallon.
lol same here!
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Old 07-07-2005, 06:49 PM   #8
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90 gallons....WOW.... thats a lot of water.... And I *beep* when I do a 20 gallon.
Thanks for the sympathy, but I think as it turns out I will not need to do water changes very often.
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In a fowlr if your skimmer is working and your tests are ok I would say your right..
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peterac: We have about the exact same setup. I also have a EV100 skimmer. You like your skimmer?
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