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Old 03-23-2012, 04:18 PM   #1
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Starfish Nitrate question

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I want to buy a biscuit star but I have been told I have to get my nitrate down as much as possible, I have been told 40 PPM is an acceptable level. Do starfish also build up a tollerance to Nitrate like fish do or are they too fragile?

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Old 03-23-2012, 06:40 PM   #2
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Dan is your tank at 40 ppm? IMO that's pretty high, I'm worried after 5 and downright freakin at 10...lol The stars gonna have a better chance the higher quality the water, they don't take to change very well in my experience...
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I test my tank on a regular basis and last week it was 40 PPM, apparently thats quite normal for a nano tank. I have spoken to most of the members of staff at my LFS and they said 40 PPM was good.
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I test my tank on a regular basis and last week it was 40 PPM, apparently thats quite normal for a nano tank. I have spoken to most of the members of staff at my LFS and they said 40 PPM was good.
Change LFS! 40 is ridiculously high
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Nano tanks are incredible hard to controle though. My honest opinion would be to try to get the nitrates down with a couple water changes before putting in a starfish but i've never seen anyone with a biscuit star so they could be different. They sure are cool looking...
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Also biscuit stars only eat sponges and bryozoans so hard to keep and in a nano even harder sorry to say but I would stay away
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I'm going to do a big water change today and get Nitrate down as low as possible then but a star fish, thanks all for the advice.
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I ended up buying a Maldive star instead...
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40s not THAT high. I forget who posted but theirs was 200............ Ive had mine at 40-80 before and everything was fine. Still, its not good, but its not insane.
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40s not THAT high. I forget who posted but theirs was 200............ Ive had mine at 40-80 before and everything was fine. Still, its not good, but its not insane.
40-80?? Wowzers!! IMO thats crazy high.

For a sw tank, i would only be happy with <5..and alright with <10. anything other than that is not good IMO. 20 wont kill the fish, and 40 might not either..but that is a dangerous path
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