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Old 03-26-2013, 07:16 AM   #1
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help with nitrate

hi guys , need a quick fix , but not temporary , to a nitrate problem .........added some rock a few weeks back and all off a sudden it went sky high upto 180ppm .......removed the rock and after a shed load of water changes i got it down to 30ppm ...............lost a fish yesterday so decided to test again .....PH , Amonnia , Nitrite all bang on but Nitrate has risen to about 80ppm ............. not running a skimmer at the min cos i,m moving all to a new 325ltr tank on friday but just abit worried as i dont want to loose anymore fish or even move them if there out of sorts with high nitrate. ...........any help/advise be very much appreciated..........thanx in advance

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pps ....... i will be running a skimmer in my new tank
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Where did you but the rock and why remove it? Adding more live rock to an established tank will cause a spike due to die off.

I'd just keep up on water changes everyday if you have to.

What is your current stock?
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hi , the rock came from a shop that was closing down .......i removed it because up untill adding it all was great ...........stock is 2 cleaner shrimp , 1 x goby , 4 damsels , mix of snails and hermits and 2 clownfish........like i said im wanting to move it all on friday and hope the increase in water volume may also help to stabalize?
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hi , the rock came from a shop that was closing down .......i removed it because up untill adding it all was great ...........stock is 2 cleaner shrimp , 1 x goby , 4 damsels , mix of snails and hermits and 2 clownfish........like i said im wanting to move it all on friday and hope the increase in water volume may also help to stabalize?
More water volume more room for error

Just stay on top of the water changes until you can move everything. What's your filtration like?
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Get an aquatic plant in there, they use nitrates.
or even a normal plant like lucky bamboo with the top poking out the top.
the roots will take in nutrients and nitrates no problem.
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