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Old 04-07-2010, 02:41 PM   #31
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Yes, 80 is high. I think the other readings were up to but have since cycled down.
Do a 20% water change ASP, make sure that your water has aged a bit...aerate for at least a few hours. So mix your water, bring your salinity up a little (this water change bring it up to 1.024) and then the next one bring it up to 1.025.
I don't believe that your nitrates killed your fish. maybe your featherduster.
Test, test and test some more. Each test will make you more comfortable with the test kit.
Turn this into fun......
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Hahaha is that you?

I actually have saltwater I bought from their store. They have those big tanks. It's 1.023, is that ok?
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Old 04-07-2010, 03:27 PM   #33
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It's okay this time but better to bring it up to a least .024-25. I say this because it leaves room for errors. No problem if evaporation brings the SG up or error on our part brings it down a little.
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Old 04-07-2010, 03:30 PM   #34
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...So mix your water, bring your salinity up a little (this water change bring it up to 1.024) and then the next one bring it up to 1.025...
Are you really suggesting that she take her SG from 1.021 to 1.024 in one water change? Using only a hydrometer?
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Haha, yeah Im going to find a refractometer on ebay. This plastic thing is not accurate I can tell. There are always bubbles on it and no matter how much I bang it, I can clear them all. It's on my list to do asap.
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Bonnie, I forget if your tank is reef or fish only. 1.023 is perfect for fish only. Corals like it a bit higher.
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FOWLR right now. It's got one worm and that little yellow cucumber. No corals yet. I do want some eventually, but Im going to get a bigger tank and start from scratch.
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If she put in a pwc at 1.024 it would only bring her water up just a bit. So no I am not telling her to bring her tank water up that much in one water change. But Kurt thanks for letting everyone know that it should be done in baby steps.
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Guess I misunderstood. Sorry... different definitions of "...bring it up to XXX" I guess.
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I retested the tank 3 hours after the water change and nitrates are still at 80. Does it take a long time to go away?

How often should I do a water change?

Also, I have this Instand Ocean brand Natural Nitrate Reducer. Is it safe to use this now? It says to toss in 10ml for a 10g tank and to double it when nitrates are really bad. How often should I use it? The bottle doesnt say.
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