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Old 10-29-2011, 12:42 PM   #31
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in the last week i have emptied the tank and filled it again with new water. not all at once i did it 25liters at a time. so over the last week all the water in my tank has been replaces yet still tey are high its like the wc isnt doing anything. iam out of ideas and iam ready to give it up. and the werid thing is that things seem to be doing ok in there with the high levels. i have corals and fish and they are ok. so iam thinking that maybe the test is inacurate. but then when i tested the new water it came up 0.
Have you had the water, the water from the tank that is, tested at your LFS? If not, I would have it tested there along with a tube of the replacement water...just remember to keep the tubes separated or mark them in some way. That is the quickest way to figure out if your tests are accurate.

If the inhabitants have improved with the water changes chances are your nitrate levels aren't as high as you think.

Which test kit are you using and how old is it?
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Old 10-29-2011, 01:54 PM   #32
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thaks everyone for your help. ill try a 50% change and see if that helps. i am using the api master saltwater test. i got it at the same time as i got tank so about 3 months ish
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The other thing to do is make sure you are following the instructions for the nitrate test to the letter. The #2 bottle has to be firmly shaken for at least 30 seconds and then the final shake, once the drops from the #2 bottle have been added, has to go for a minute at least. I actually use the timer on my microwave.
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Old 10-29-2011, 05:23 PM   #34
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lol thats what i use tlkng1. i made the mistake of not shaking the bottle befoer.
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Old 11-02-2011, 04:17 PM   #35
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well iam about to give it all up now..the nitrate problm is still as high as ever.. iv done about 10 water changes and today i did a massive change and it still hasnt touched it. and is still reading of the scale. iv changed my substrate added more rock and removed some ill looking corals. nothing is happening.. i test the replacement water before i add it and its fine. iam all out of ideas now and iam ready to pack it in
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Old 11-02-2011, 04:47 PM   #36
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Don't give up! lol As one last resort try this product. I don't usually advocate stuff like this but it worked in my tank. I had over 20 nitrates and wanted 0, the stuff helped me get down to about 5 and then it was just water changes from there. I swear it works. lol At least it did for me. I havent had to use it since, I've learned my lesson and keep a better eye on my water and on my feeding.
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I don't know if this has already been mentioned, but are you letting your tests sit too long? I mean, you add the drops from both bottles ( after shaking for 30 seconds of course), the shake the tube, and walk away. Are you coming back right at the time stated to compare the results with the chart? Or are you coming back later than that and comparing? If you go over the time limit the colors of the test will be darker and inaccurate.
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well i add the water then the drops from bottle one and shake then shake bottle 2 for 1 min then add drops then shake tube for 1 min then leave for 5 mins and check. and carey thanks you say your nitrates were 20 mine are of the chart at 160+ will this product still work
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If you've tried everything I think it's worth a shot. It's not going to hurt anything and like I said, I believe it worked for me.
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