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Old 01-11-2014, 08:40 PM   #1
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Hi guys, well after battling high nitrates since the inception of my tank I have decided to try dosing this stuff. I have done several 40% water changes without making a dent. On my API test kit they read blood red which is like 160ppm and my seachem kit reads off the chart as well. So I have been searching for any other method I could try to get them to manageable levels and came across this stuff. Does anyone have experience with it and can give any advice?
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Are you using RODI water? What are you feeding? How long has the tank been setup and what is in it? Chemical means to remove NO3/PO4 are usually not advisable. They may work for a time, but are masking the symptoms of a larger problem.
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:42 PM   #3
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I am using RODI. I feed a mixture of different foods every other day. System has been up for about 6 months roughly 150-200lb. LR 80 lbs live sand. 5 fish some hermits and snails. My readings are all spot on except for nitrates I run an oversized skimmer and use a refugium at this point I'm willing to try anything. I cannot figure this out there is really no source for this high of readings.
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Is your rodi checking at 0TDS? It sounds like you need to cut back on feeding. Perhaps add some macro algae to help absorb some of the nitrates for you.
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:52 AM   #5
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What are you feeding? The commercial frozen foods include stuff that can raise phosphate. Over feeding leads to food breaking down in the tank if it's not caught by a filter sock or skimmer. How's the flow?
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carbon dosing will work-
Vodka Dosing by 'Genetics' and 'Stony_Corals' - Reefkeeping.com
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Old 01-12-2014, 11:37 AM   #7
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I feed every other day one cube, I do not have a TDS meter yet I need one I know, and I do run a ball of chaeto in the sump a little bigger than a softball. I've tried it all guys I'm really at a loss that's why I'm gonna try dosing
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I'd expect there is a really low flow spot with build up somewhere in the tank if things stay like that after large water changes.
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One cube is a lot of food. Even for every other day. Do you thaw it first, or just drop the cube in?

Most commercial brands have a lot of fillers, PE Mysis is the exception...it's just shrimp, no water or anything else. Even still, a cube of that is a lot.

I'd cut back on your feeding first.

Change *one* thing at a time, then wait a while. If your nitrates are still sky-high, try something else. If you change 2, 3, or 4 things at once, you won't know what the root cause of the problem was.
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Old 01-12-2014, 05:33 PM   #10
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Sniper hank I do have chappy low flow on the floor of my tank how do I remedy that the problem is I have really fine sand so pointing a power head directly down is out of the question
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