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Old 08-18-2008, 10:57 AM   #1
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NitrAtes high :(

Not sure if this is high, actually. My et kit has a "low range" and a 'high range" for each color. I am recently getting readings of 20 (low range) -100 (high range). Is this at critical mass?
How do I lower them? Am I overfeeding?
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How often are you feeding?
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Hiya melo!
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I am feeding mysis once daily and, from what I've read, my goby needs a couple of feedings, so I've been dropping a tiny few pellets of sinking food in front of his cave once again in the evening. Unles the clown sees it, he gets to eat it all. I don't see any old food left in my tank in the moring, as my ever-growing hermits leave tracks all over the tank each night and scavenge the rest.
Maybe more frequent PWC with distilled water?
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Maybe more frequent PWC with distilled water?
Yes this will help. I do frequent weekly PWC`s. As far as feeding I feed mysis or flake every other day and a piece of seaweed selects on the other days for my tangs. How often are you doing PWC`s? Sorry about all the questions. Just trying to gauge where you are. And yes go Cowboys!!!!
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I've been doing 20% changes every two weeks. My parameters have been getting high on nitrAtes for a few weeks, reaching this high today. I also have changed out an old filter about a three weeks ago. I let it "mature" a bit for ahwile next to the old one, which was falling to pieces. Once it has some slime on it, I pulled out the old one and left the new one to work. Could this be causing issues?
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I'd suggest maybe getting a different nitrate test kit to see if you really have high nitrates to start with. I'd recommend Salifert - you can either read through the side of the tube for low range or through the top for high range.
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Kurt has a good idea there. Maybe also run a sample by your LFS to test.
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It sounds like you are keeping filter material to catch detritus in the tank. That should get rinsed out weekly at a minimum. The slime that is building up on it is decaying matter that may be causing your high nitrates.

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Just to add to Cmor, when you rinse it, rinse it in your old SW to help keep the beneficial bacteria alive.
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