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Old 12-27-2014, 12:51 PM   #1
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Nitrates

I have high nitrates in the red, it's a 32 gallon with 8 fish 6 soft corals and about 12kg of live rock, I have bio balls in the back compartment I was wondering should I leave them out? Done water change last week!


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Old 12-27-2014, 02:27 PM   #2
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What are the rest of your parameters? Have you retested to see if it's correct. I once had blue API ammonia readings when the scale is measured in green!


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Old 12-27-2014, 02:52 PM   #3
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Need numbers and info to help. What fish are in there (8 is a lot in a 30 IMO), maintenance routine, age of the tank etc?


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Old 12-27-2014, 03:04 PM   #4
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8 small fish, banji cardinal, 2clown, green clown goby, damsel, anthea 2 different wrasse!
Salt is 1.023,
po4 less than.05,
amonia <.25,
ph 7.5-8,
nitrate about 70,
alk couldn't get a reading last three times and it did the first 4 times from new, I do about 30 litres a month in water changes!
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I'd start doing 10-20% changes a week especially with that huge load of fish. The anthias need to be fed a good amount and depending on te wrasses they could have quite the bioload. You need to either up maintenance or lose some fish IMO.


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Old 12-27-2014, 04:19 PM   #6
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Ok so il do water change this evening! It's a green and six line wrasses! Should I remove bio balls??


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I only feed one cube if brine shrimp per day and they doing ok


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IMO bio balls don't work as well as plain old coral rubble does. But at this point I would get the nitrate lower before making additional changes.


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Yeah I'm going to use those glass like pellets that absorb the nitrate lets hope that helps with water changes!


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