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Old 10-14-2009, 02:22 AM   #11
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Wow. I thought i had a bad nitrate reading of 20pprm-15pprm, I got told to do 4x30% water changes in one day, This will get it down to about 5pprm hopefully, Then you have to find the source of the nitrates. As said above, A good clean would go a long way too.
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Old 10-14-2009, 10:36 AM   #12
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You say he added more fish?!?!? OK, unless the income he provides for you is worth it, I'd consider dropping him. He's not helping himself at all!
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I would also consider going to RO/DI water. Tap water is adding nitrates to the tank.
The current service guy brings water with him from the store. Our tap water here has about 5ppm Nitrates so that's definitely not it.

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Man, that tank is all screwed up!
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Did you clean out the worms from the sump? and tidy everything up yet?
If everything still looks like the photos from the last post then that right there is the problem!
All I can contribute, is PWC, PWC, PWC. Fresh water cannot hurt your fishie friends, and your new additions ( rolls eyes) are sure as heck not helping!
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yeah, you HAVE to get that equipment cleaned out. that HAS to be the source of a lot of this bad water.
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10 days ago my nitrates were off the scale 160+. I did a 40% water change every 3-4 days. Cleaned out skimmer, pumps, removed my canister and left it out. Started adding Prodibio BioClean. I put in 2 vials the day they came and been putting one with each water change since. My nitrates are down to 20ppm-16ppm. I have found that once they get to this level its harder to cut them back with water changes. But that is logical since 40% of 160= a decrease of 64pmm where 40% of 20 is only a decrease of 8 but seems to actually be less than that when I did a nitrate test. The point is my nirtares are on the way down.
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