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Old 06-03-2013, 02:46 PM   #11
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50% every day is excessive and will cause a large swing in your water chemistry. Perform 10% water change weekly and have your measurement validated through your LFS or another brand of test
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Would a 50% wc change be better weekly instead of 10% be better? It seems one of my kenya trees and pulsing xenias are deteriorating. Am not sure if that is because of the high nitrates.
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Old 06-03-2013, 03:37 PM   #14
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A carbon source could help, but using Vodka can be problematic as it needs to be added regularly. Another way to introduce more beneficial bacteria using a carbon source is bio beads. I am experimenting with them and like them a lot. Instead of dosing Vodka, the beads are slowly consumed by the bacteria. I think it may be more controllable and easier to maintain long term and this technique doesn't need a sump to work either.

The PWC's will eventually work the organic levels down, but it will take some time.
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Has anyone ever tried this product to remove nitrate?

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Old 06-03-2013, 03:54 PM   #16
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A carbon source could help, but using Vodka can be problematic as it needs to be added regularly. Another way to introduce more beneficial bacteria using a carbon source is bio beads. I am experimenting with them and like them a lot. Instead of dosing Vodka, the beads are slowly consumed by the bacteria. I think it may be more controllable and easier to maintain long term and this technique doesn't need a sump to work either.

The PWC's will eventually work the organic levels down, but it will take some time.
Ive heard a little bit of these biobeads. But arent these only for lowering ammonia and nitrites? And not nitrate?
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:29 PM   #17
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It will work for both. One advantage is some nitrogen based organics are converted to nitrogen gas (as well as some nitrous oxide) instead of nitrates. This is the same bacteria we depend on in live rock. We're just feeding it a slow release carbon source.

If you want to go specifically after nitrate, grow algae like chaeto.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:48 AM   #18
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I agree with testing your tap water before mixing salt. Have you disturbed your sand bed recently?
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I heard sulfur media will lower nitrates as well
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Old 06-04-2013, 12:31 PM   #20
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I agree with testing your tap water before mixing salt. Have you disturbed your sand bed recently?
I have switched over to rodi about a month ago with still high nitrates. Before i would stir up my sand bed once every two weeks. I had low nitrates up till now. My tank is about 5 months in and water parameters were perfect till up to till my nitrate problem. In one weeks time it went from 10ppm to a constant 40ppm. No livestock has died so im not sure where this steady nitrates are coming from.

Do you guys think my corals could be causing this. I got about over a dozen corals in my 30 gal. Is there such a thing as overstocking corals?
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