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Old 05-29-2012, 05:05 PM   #1
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High nitrates

HI all I have a problem that my river reef 94l tank has high nitrates they was up at 60 but I Can not get them any lower than 40. I placed a few snails in a couple of weeks ago, which i believed had died in transit and did not realise until a day or so later when they had not moved would this of caused my nitrates to increase ?? As there after i lost the rest of my snails. I have lr in main tank and also live rock in 2 of the back chambers of tank as advised from local store I also placed a purigen bag by intake at back last week. I have done a couple of 10/15% water changes over last two weeks but to no avail.other params are
Ph 8.0
No2 0
Amm 0
Calc 400
Sg 1.025
I have a skimmer running in tank and my stock is two percula clowns
One flame back angel
One striped blenny
And some hermits crabs and couple of shrimps
I was feedin twice daily now cut this too once a day and removing any in un eaten flakes.

Any help would be gratefully appreciated I need to get snails back in there as algae is building up with out them.

No problems with fish crabs or shrimps

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Old 05-29-2012, 05:29 PM   #2
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Still seems like you're overfeeding. I'd cut it to once every other day. Fish need a lot less food than you may realize.
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:50 PM   #3
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94L is like 25ish gallons right? I'm guessing that's the size of your tank. If so, you are a little overstocked. That could be the main reason your having problems with trates. You are probably gonna have to do (once at normal levels) 2-3 water changes a week of at least 2-3 gallons with your stocking.
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:08 PM   #4
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Thank for your replies I will try cutting back on feeding to every two days. I don't believe I am over stocked I have researched the stocking of this tank quite a bit and I have a lot less to many others and stocking should be 1 inch to every 2 gallons I believe in marine tanks which gives me ten inches of fish and I am no where near this at the moment and the angel and blenny are fully grown.
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The inch to gallon rule isn't really accurate at all. I wouldnt put a 22 inch tang in a 40 gallon tank make sense? Those clown put out a ton of waste. Personally, I would have stopped with just those. But- its your preference- and everyone says something different. I'm not trying to be mean- just stating my opinion. Sorry
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