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Old 11-20-2012, 10:45 AM   #1
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nitrates too high! help!

I work at a petstore.. One of my saltwater tanks are off the charts high in nitrates! Any advice will help. There arnt many fish in the tank mostly shrimp and coral. Most of the coral died and was left in the tank. Im guessing thata why the nitrates are high but i got all the dead items out. sooo.. Any advice?
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:23 AM   #2
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Water changes after water changes to lower them. Do you have a sump on this tank? You could promote algae growth in a refugium or grow types of plants to help lower them too.
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Yes we have sumps.. My manager is against water changes but im on my 2nd one. I added some nitrate reducer but it doesnt seem to help any.
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Did it come down some on the first pwc? If so just keep doing them an it will eventually be back in normal ranges. May want to check the date on the test kit aswell to be safe or try using a different one. I'll ignore the manager comment so we don't get off topic lol
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What kind of plants?
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I always used Caulerpa or hair algae I think its called.
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No it didnt. Ill test it again in a hour or so. could adsing salt be the culprit? Or not enough. I try to keep it lower then usual. as for my manager he doesnt do fish. Hes scared to do anything.
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I don't think salt has anything to do with the nitrates. But maybe one reason why the corals died
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The high nitrates killed the corals and will kill everything else eventually. You can't really do saltwater and not do water changes, especially reefs. Those changes pull bad stuff out and replenish things like calcium and other elements in the water as well. If your manager says no water changes, then he should not have saltwater tanks.
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The high nitrates killed the corals and will kill everything else eventually. You can't really do saltwater and not do water changes, especially reefs. Those changes pull bad stuff out and replenish things like calcium and other elements in the water as well. If your manager says no water changes, then he should not have saltwater tanks.
Agreed or even being a manager at a fish store. Maybe you can change him of that.
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