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Old 06-02-2013, 05:46 PM   #1
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Nitrates wont lower.

Im having issues with my 30 gallon reef tank. My water has been testing 40ppm nitrates for the last month and i cant get them down. Got some cyano as well but not alot. This is what i have tried so far.
-Lower feeding to my two firefish and clownfish once every 2-3 days.
-I have super charged my skimmer by adding a wood stone to my current skimmer increasing bubbles.
- switched top off from tap to rodi
- vacuum gravel

Weird thing is i Did a 50% water change last sat. And another 50% the next day. My nitrates still read 40 ppm right after the water change.it doesent even budge one bit.

No new livestock has been added within that month.

Please Help!!
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Old 06-02-2013, 06:03 PM   #2
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Test your new water before you add any salt
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Old 06-02-2013, 06:18 PM   #3
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Are you using API test. There not that accurate
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Old 06-02-2013, 06:23 PM   #4
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How long have you been using tap..
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Ive been using tap for about 4 months with prime, and yes i have api saltwater test
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:50 PM   #6
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But wouldnt two back to back 50% water changes atleast lower my nitrates? I took my water to the lfs and they said my water was at 35 ppm. Thats 5 less than what i originally had
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I had the same problem with my 40g took my about a month of water changes starting at 5gallons a change now doing 10gallons. Did the 50% change once and it shocked everything creating an ammonia spike and killed a lot of my snails. Still doing the 10gallons a week change and now it's down between 5-10ppm. It will take a while just be persistent
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I also use tap and I've been using it for over a year now and this is the first problem I've had
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:44 AM   #9
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Have you check with another kit or new solution . Take a sample to your lfs also.
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:52 PM   #10
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Just did a 50% wc yesterday and another 50% today. My api kit shows it at 40ppm still... Should i continue this process daily? Could my lights be the source of the problem? Im running a pc. 3x daylight+actinic
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