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Old 02-06-2011, 09:26 PM   #1
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nitrate spike overnight

At 5 weeks , two weeks with fish. Nitrites good 0. ph 8.2. Amonia 0 . Nitates 5 ppm.
Did water change last night after testing, bought two corals today checked again and nitrates at 20 pm what happened and when to worry? Overnight?
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:35 PM   #2
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Nitrate not really a problem at 20 ppm But 20 ppm is were you may want to keep check on it. Some people say at that point they take action and do a Pwc.
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Should ido one tonight? Just did one on sat ( yesterday ) before I did it it was 5 ppm
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Should ido one tonight? Just did one on sat ( yesterday ) before I did it it was 5 ppm
You don't have to 20 ppm is still safe. Anything over 20 ppm Do a 20 to 30% change.
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But why overnight large change? With a water change at that.............
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But why overnight large change? With a water change at that.............
Did you put your new corals in, if yes maybe you stirred something up.
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Yes just put in today and fed my clowns, haven't fed coral yet and not going to today until I see what morning brings on testing....
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Yes just put in today and fed my clowns, haven't fed coral yet and not going to today until I see what morning brings on testing....
Test in the morning post you readings. I'll see them first thing.
With 20 ppm is not a bad reading you'll be ok.
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What coral did you buy? Most coral do not require target feeding.
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Were you using tap water for your water change? If that was the case, then that's probably where your nitrates came from.
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