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Old 06-01-2004, 04:56 AM   #1
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NITRATE PROBLEM

My nitrate is very high and i have tryed everything to get it down but nothing working. I have an ornamental shipwreck in my tank at the moment could this be the problem?
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Old 06-01-2004, 05:16 AM   #2
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1. What size is the tank?
2. How long has it been set up?
3. What substrate are you using?
4. Are you using Live Rock?
5. Do you have a skimmer?
6. What other filtration are you using?
7. How many fish and what type of fish are in the tank?

If you can answer these im sure we can find your problem.
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NITRATE PROBLEM

tank is 55gal. been running for about 5 months with crushed coral substrate, app. 6kilo live rock with 1200ltr. cannister, u/g with power head,jebo skimmer. live stock consists of 1 large lion, 1 blue tang, 1 clarks clown, 1 coral beauty and 1 bubble tip anemone
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You have a few contributers to a nitrate problem in your tank. 1 - lions are messy eaters, 2 - CC substrate lets big chunks of detritus sit in it and rot, 3 - canister filters have to be cleaned real often or else detritus sits in the mechanical filtration and rots, UG filters are nitrate farms. Reverse flow UG's are a little better, but you're better off without the UG in any form.

How high is high, and what are your other parameters like? A little extra nitrate won't bother your fish too much, but both the lion and the tang are going to outgrow your tank.
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Old 06-01-2004, 06:32 AM   #5
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nitrate problem

water parimetres are ph.8.0 amm.0 nitrite.0. should i remove the u/g? i do regular cleaning of substrate and cannister. regarding tank i will soon be upgrading to a 150gal. very shortly. nitrate is around 60
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I'd dump the UG and the ornament as both could be trapping waste.
Do you use tap water or RO?
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i always use r/o for top ups and the ocassional tap water with conditioners for water changes if i have no r/o left
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The tap water could be contributing nitrates too.. but I'm betting it's the UG mainly.

I'd take it and the ornament out, give the cc a vacuum, clean the sponge in the cannister and then do some water changes.
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thanks for the help. ill try it an see what happens
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60 is a little high. Have you tested your tap water to see what kind of nitrates its adding? When was your last water change? And if you're going to remove the UG, I'd start switching out the substrate as well. And if you haven't already, start building a good cleanup crew to help out.
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