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Old 06-24-2006, 02:06 PM   #1
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Problem with nitrate and nitrite.

I'm having a problem with my 6gal aqu. Its been up and running for about 3 months now stocked with fish. I've never had any problems with the nitrate or notrite levels till a few days ago. Both are way high. nitrate about 80 and nitrite 15-20. I have been doing 30% water changes daily and its not helped at all. A few weeks ago I put come corral into the tank and am wondering if this may be causing it. Thank you for any help!
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Old 06-24-2006, 02:10 PM   #2
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coral is usaly not used in freshwater tanks, i raises your ph (unless that is what you want)

what kind of test do you use? dip strips, drops in a test tube?

how old is it? they go bad after a while and you will not give good reading. if you test kit is more then a year old you might want to buy a new one.

can you take a sample of water into you lfs? most lfs will do a water test for free!

what does you ammonia look like?

how much do you feed your fish?

what kind and how many fish do you have in the tank?
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Coral is fine in a freshwater tank and is commonly used to increase the pH and hardness. Many people use it. Were you having a problem with low levels? Did you use crushed coral?

JDogg pretty much asked all the questions that need to be answered. With a Nitrite reading of that high the fish would be dead. Are you sure it isn't 1.5?
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they are just test strips ( prob need to get a good kit.) I have a sword, 3 tetras and a coby cat. Tha strips are about 3 months old. Guess I need to head to the lfs for a good test. The coral was a dec. piece I picked up while at the caost on vacation.
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If it is the strips, get a new kit. I wouldn't rely on them. Was the coral found on the beach or at a lfs? How did you clean it before adding it to the tank?
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another thing I have found that effects these test slightly is testing right after a water change, I usually wait 24- 48 hours nad then test, gives the new water a chance to "settle "
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An hour or two is enough time to let the tank recirculate. During that time the tank has turned over between 10 to 20 times.
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