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Old 06-08-2004, 02:01 AM   #1
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How long before I test again?

I recently added 25 lbs of liverock to lower my nitrates, so I was wondering how long after I add the liverock should I test the water for the nitrate level again?

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Actually the LR will have very little (if any) effect on reducing the nitrates... it will actually produce it from ammonia/nitrites.

Nitrates are generally removed via water changes.

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Was the LR cured? If not, you may want to test for ammonia/nitrites now. Adding LR to an established tank will often cause the tank to experience a "mini cycle" due to die off on the rock. AFAIK, a DSB is the only way to naturally lower nitrates and the long term viability of these is a subject of much debate right now.
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long, test

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