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Old 09-12-2004, 08:20 PM   #1
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Water Change in a QT

I have an Orchid Dottyback in a 10 gal QT. I'm using a small powerhead and a sponge filter that I had running in my main tank's fuge for about 2 weeks.

Water values were:
Ammonia : 0
Nitrates: .5
Nitrates 5

I did a 50% water change this morning, and then testing this afternoon, water values are still the same
Ammonia : 0
Nitrates: .5
Nitrates 5

I have only fed the dottyback a few reef carnivore pellets, which he gobbled right up. He seems lively enough.

Is it normal for Nitrates to keep accumulating? Am I consigned to 4 weeks of daily water changes?
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(1) Orchid Dottyback
(1) Lawnmower Blenny
(1) Flame Angel
(1) Spotted Mandarin
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"But then again, fish do tend to eat one another. I often wonder ... if fish get awfully tired of seafood? What are your thoughts Hobson?"
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Wouldn't worry about nitrates in a qt setting. I don't even bother testing for them.
Ammonia and nitrite are what can be a problem. Keep them down with daily water changes and your tank will adjust to the bioload it a week or so.
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Old 09-13-2004, 12:13 PM   #3
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I can handle that.
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55g Reef
(3) Maxi-Jet 1200's, Wavemaker Pro
AquaC Remora Skimmer
100lbs Live Rock
20g Refugium
(1) Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp
(1) Peppermint Shrimp
(2) False Percs
(1) Orchid Dottyback
(1) Lawnmower Blenny
(1) Flame Angel
(1) Spotted Mandarin
(1) Red Brittle Star
(1) Banded Serpent Star

"But then again, fish do tend to eat one another. I often wonder ... if fish get awfully tired of seafood? What are your thoughts Hobson?"
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