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Old 10-11-2011, 12:20 PM   #1
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hi just tested my water and amonia and nitrite is at o. good news. but the nitrate is way high at 140. iam doing pwc at 20% iv done 2 so far over the weekend but its still high. its comming down but still 140. will nitrate harm anything in my tank
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Old 10-11-2011, 12:24 PM   #2
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I am also battling nitrate in all of my tanks. Even when I do 50% water changes, it is still high . I feel your pain. The only thing I can think of is just more water changes, with more water taken out.
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its a real pain mate.. as i dont want to disrupt the tank to muck iam only doing a 20% change every couple of days. while iam waiting to do the changes will the high level do any harm to anything.
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Sounds like you have an issue that is hiding. You do have a skimmer right. Can you give us some tank details
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Old 10-11-2011, 02:30 PM   #5
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Do you have one and a half to two lbs. Of rock?
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no the skimmer isnt running yet but i thought that reduced amonia not nitrate. what do you mean an issue that is hiding. and i have about 6lb live rock. i know its not enough but iam adding it a bit at a time.
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Old 10-11-2011, 03:12 PM   #7
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no the skimmer isnt running yet but i thought that reduced amonia not nitrate. what do you mean an issue that is hiding. and i have about 6lb live rock. i know its not enough but iam adding it a bit at a time.
You don't have enough rock to hold enough bacteria to control the nitrates.
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Hi nitrates can be 'hiding' so to speak. You need to make sure there is no muck anywhere {under rocks or in any 'dead' spots}Also the live rock you have may not be properly 'cured'? Did you sniff it before buying? It should smell like fresh sea water?
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no i didnt sniff it mate i wants awear it could be bad. not properly cured what do you mean and how do i fix it
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Need to tell us a lot more about your tank. Size (with only 6 lbs of rock)? Substrate type? Skimmer? Inhabitants, and what you feed them, and how often.

You sure your test kit is reliable? 140 is crazy. No warning, just tested it one day and it was that high?
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