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Old 03-03-2010, 09:26 PM   #31
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i wasnt trying to argue. i was simply asking questions. guess i should have been more specific on my sump and how full it is. i do appreciate the comments and have started adding water daily. i do another water change tomorrow.
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changed 15 gallons last night. all water good except nitrates...20ppm
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Old 03-05-2010, 02:39 PM   #33
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My 75g tank never ever read below 20ppm nitrate. I did weekly water changes and used ro/di with a tds reading of 0. I tested everything. I finally stopped trying to reach zero. I kept SPS and CLAMS with zero issues. Now that I have a 135 tank with a sump/fuge and killer skimmer I can get down to zero, but 20 is fine.
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Old 03-09-2010, 01:49 AM   #34
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next water change is tomorrow. will give water per.
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Old 03-09-2010, 03:25 AM   #35
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20ppm isn't bad. 10ppm is excellent. <5ppm is amazing.
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Keep trying for 0 and whatever you come up with will be great. Please try to keep it 20 and below and you will be fine.
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okay here is the progress. did another 15 gal pwc. i also stopped by my lfs and baught some macro alage (looks really stringy) and put it in my refugium. still reading 20 ppm. everything else is great. i got coraline growing all over my glass. my zoas are amazing looking and i have this coral on a clam that came on my live rock that i dont know what is but it seems to be doing fine. just this 20 is bothering me
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Nothing happens fast in a saltwater tank. So give your macro algae a chance. It sounds like you got come Chaeto algae which is good. Don't pack it in to tight because that will cause the inner side to die off. It like to tumble if you can. I can't so I turn them ever so often.
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My nitrates were 160ppm and I started doing 2 25g water changes on a 55g tank. Did one on Sunday and one on Wed. The nitrates dropped pretty quick till I hit 20ppm after that it was a slow process. My nitrates are down to 2-5ppm. So stay on it and dont give up. Just keep fighting
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