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Old 02-18-2011, 01:04 PM   #51
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Today's test showed 80-90PPM according to API kit.

Success is near!

A few more changes and I should be below 10PPM
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Old 02-18-2011, 04:27 PM   #52
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Just another reason to support my theory of "vodka solves everything".
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Just another reason to support my theory of "vodka solves everything".

Bourbon solves me, vodka solves the nitrates. If you drink enough bourbon though you dont care about the nitrates as much
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The only way to get them down is big water changes
No it is not....Biopellets...Vodka dosing is old tech.
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Hows the nitrates now?
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Old 02-20-2011, 05:09 PM   #56
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So, after MANY water changes the nitrates are around 30 PPM according to the API test. The Salifert reads between the 25 and 50 PPM which confirms the API reading.

I think I will do a couple more changes and I'll be ready to add some fish.

It's been a long battle, but I almost have it under control and my corals have been responding well, except for one colony of Zoos. I see reproduction in my green star polyps and my pulsing Xenia are looking healthier than ever.

Through this I came to the conclusion that the previous owner did not change the water and the nitrates reached more than 300PPM. The livestock got used to those parameters but during the move, when fresh SW was added, the fish couldn't handle the change but the corals and inverts fared just fine. Now, everyone will soon have an ideal environment. I just need to get rid of this hair and bubble algae and a huge bristleworm and I'll be content for a while.
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Update:

Fish have been added (last Thursday) The nitrates where about 5 the day prior.

Today, I get 0 on API and about 2-5 on Salifert.

Bought a phosphate test and did the tap water. Back to RODI!

All should be smooth from here out.
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ROD?
RO water. I always had a unit, but needed to use tap to do the PWC's quickly. Now that I can relax a bit to weekly 20%'s, I can use my RO unit again in my 44 gal Rubbermaid Brute (highly recommended) doesn't bow like the tub I used before!
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