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Old 01-06-2005, 01:27 AM   #1
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!NITRATES!

Water changes! Water changes! and more water changes,
I can not keep up with these nitrates. I checked my RO water and 0-ziltch-nada......Not a trace and I still come up with 80+ ppm after a water change.(aaaarrrrrrwwwgg)
I do a 20% once a month in my 125 LR semi reef FO bla bla bla. I cannot get rid of them.
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Old 01-06-2005, 01:34 AM   #2
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what are the other readings?
If they are ok and your fish ok, maybe its your test kid.
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Old 01-06-2005, 02:14 AM   #3
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I used the same kit to test the RO water before adding it to the tank and there 0 ppm. all other parameters are normal. amo 0. ntri 0. phos is a little high 2.0 ppm. aaahhhh crud......
I'm thinking that I'm going to have to do a more elaborate water chang maybe 50 % or more.
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I am having the same problem but my nitrate readings are topping out at 40. I am looking into a refugium w/ macro to help. I want to stabilize it now so my future reef has no problems later.
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I used to have that same problem until i got some caulerpa now they never get over 10ppm
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Need a little more info...What size tank? What type of filtration? What are you using for substrate? Do you have LR, how much? What is currently in the tank? What is your feeding schedule, how much? You may want to buy another brand of test kit and recheck things.
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Do you have a skimmer? If so, how much skimmage in the cup a day and what color?
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What is caulerpa?
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Macroalgae, usually kept in a sump or fuge. It removes excess nutrients from the water naturally.
Not without drawback though. If you don't keep it pruned is can go "sexual" and crash a system.
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Put some mangroves in your sump. They suck up nitrates.
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