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Old 12-04-2013, 11:48 AM   #11
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Yup lol, they said to wait about 4 days after a large water change to do another one. They said it will shock your corals. In did a 30 percent water change a couple of days ago
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:53 AM   #12
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As long as temp and salinity of tank water and makeup water match there won't be any issues. The bigger concern here is getting the nitrates out of the water.

What skimmer do you have on the tank? And how much flow do you have? If you have dead spots food and waste will accumulate in the dead spots and not get pulled out by skimmer.
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:00 PM   #13
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I have an reef octopus and I did have a dead spot in the fuge that I recently put a pump on so I can get some flow going, it build up alot of dead material that was probably getting sucked into the display.
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:00 PM   #14
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If my nitrates were as high as yours I would do 10 -15 gallon water changes 3 days in a row and go from there. 60-80 ppm is way too high my friend. Have you been cleaning your filtration on a regular basis? Neglected filtration maintenance contributes to bad water quality. Rinsing filter media bags weekly and cleaning a protein skimmer from inside out every 8 weeks including disassembling the pump helps a lot.
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:09 PM   #15
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Yeah well I'm scrambling now because I have a company that comes and cleans my tank everyother week and they are supposed to be testing my water and when I saw my corals bleaching i knew something was wrong
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Time to fire that company. Have they even been showing up? If not you should get your money back.
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:18 PM   #17
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Well they have been showing up because when I come home the tank is always clean but if they are doing their job with proper water changes and maintenance I can't imagine them being this high
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:21 PM   #18
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I would ask them what they think. I would not trust anyone with my tank maintenance unless they knew how to troubleshoot. I would also ask for a sample of the water they are using and see how that tests. I assume they are doing partial water changes when they come and clean?
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:22 PM   #19
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Yeah they do 10 gallons every other week
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:22 PM   #20
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Without sufficient filtration and water changes, over feeding can cause nitrates to go up. As has been said on here many times: "you must take out what you put in"

Filtration and maintenance must match or exceed your feeding routine.
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