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Old 06-11-2013, 08:58 PM   #61
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if you did a 50% water change and still showing 40% you need to find the source of the nitrates. How much are you feeding? how often. Have you tested the new water before adding it to the tank? I would def use a different test kit API are known to be inaccurate and read high. Lights will not cause nitrates. can you remove one rock and put it in a bucket of new salt water with zero nitrates and let it sit a day and then test the water to see if it is releasing? Its either something you are adding to the tank or the skimmer not removing enough, or you have a build of detritus somewhere
After i was getting constant readings of 40ppm last month and a half i cut down my feeding from once a day to every two to three days. Exactly enough for the fish to eat. The rock thing is a brilliant idea
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:53 PM   #62
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the next time you get water I would take your NO3 test kit and test it before you buy it. Just tell the guy no offense but I am fighting a NO3 battle and I have to rule the new water out.
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Im at his house right now shooting disc golf in the back. Just checked it with his hanna meters. Testing at 0 on nitrates. Alk at 8 calcium at 350 magnesium at 1150 ph at 8.1 iodine at .04 and salinity at 1.024. Im picking up water now to do a wc on thursday
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:12 PM   #64
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I'm just curious they way you do your pwc. Do you drain the water first before pouring in new water or you drain while at the same time pouring in new water?
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:49 PM   #65
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I'm just curious they way you do your pwc. Do you drain the water first before pouring in new water or you drain while at the same time pouring in new water?
I drain the water out the tank first in a 5 gallon bucket. Than i put 5 gallons back in with the new water.

And repeat if i do a 10 gallon wc. Thats a 30% wc. Is there a better method?
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You aren't getting a full water change that way. I drop the tank level down to where I want it, then fill it back up again with fresh saltwater. Your way, when doing 10 gallons only gives you about 7 gallons of actual fresh saltwater.
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Do you use suction tube and remove detritus at bottom and blow rocks for liftover food and so forth?
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Oh i see!! Thanks greg thats very good to know. I vacuum my gravel at the end of the month when i replace my filters and carbon
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Gravel? What is your substrate exactly, and how large are the grains? This might be just the problem.
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And vacuuming can release loads of stuff, sometimes it's better to leave it alone and do very small sections at a time
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