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Old 02-17-2011, 10:41 AM   #31
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The only way to get them down is big water changes
I'm hammering! Just did a 45 gal change
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it sucks and its expensive
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OMG! Still top of the Salifert scale! And I'm out of salt!

Back to give my least favorite LFS more money.

I'm getting close to losing it here.
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:22 PM   #34
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yep it takes time, took me months doing big water changes every other day i was doing 50%. My nitrates we so high when I ran a test it looked more like I had giving blood. LOL!
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Anyone have any luck with media like this?

Seachem Nitrate Removing Filter Media Denitrate 500 ml
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My understanding is that media will only work for removing low levels of nitrates and it takes weeks to set up the bioload using that stuff. I have some in a phosban reactor cycled it like a seperate to build a bioload filled it with tank water added MB7 closed it off and waited till the nitrates in it hit 0 then started running it at about 1 drop per second. just gives you more surface area for microbacteria to grow
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My understanding is that media will only work for removing low levels of nitrates and it takes weeks to set up the bioload using that stuff. I have some in a phosban reactor cycled it like a seperate to build a bioload filled it with tank water added MB7 closed it off and waited till the nitrates in it hit 0 then started running it at about 1 drop per second. just gives you more surface area for microbacteria to grow
Sounds like it works like my LR. I have a lot of LR in the tank and fuge.
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I've heard of tanks being way over 200ppm nitrates. That would be my guess here. If the nitrates are at say 500, then even after a 50% water change they would still be off the chart.
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Heres a thread where the nitrates were like 700ppm.

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So there u go good article just line up the test tubes cutting the water in half each solution till you get your reading then buy a bucket of salt and let the changing begin should take a week and u will have it recovered
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