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Old 01-10-2015, 01:00 PM   #11
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Ammonia and Nitrite are 0 but Nitrate is reading at 160! Salinity is steady at 1.010 did a 25% wc.I didn't a 50% because I didn't want the Nitrate level to drop to quickly. Should I do a 50% wc anyway?

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Old 01-10-2015, 01:38 PM   #12
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I would do another larger water change, like 50% tomorrow. I would also adjust the salinity up to 1.023-1.025 where it belongs.
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Is your salinity usually that low?


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Carey,I saw your post after my update. Thank you for your advice and encouragement I really appreciate it! They seem to be doing fine..I just Ned to get the Nitrates under control.

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I plan to slowly bring up the salinity. To be honest I am not really sure how it got down to 1.010. I did a couple wc to bring down the Nitrate levels with distilled water and added an additional gallon to fill it some but not quite to the top. I did have it at 1.019 knowing that the lfs kept their tanks at 1.019.

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Glad the new guys are doing well.

You will want to take it slowly bringing the salinity up, my thought is to add salted water instead of regular water for your top offs for the next week or so. This will slowly raise it up. Do you use a refractometer or a hydrometer (swing arm) to measure the salt levels?
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I am using a refractometer.I am concerned that it was not calibrated correctly because when I tested new sw it tested at 1.030.I use Instant Ocean 1 g of distilled water to a half cup of salt. I had my husband calibrate it with distilled because he wasn't sure how to use calibration fluid. It didn't come with instructions. I have 2 refractometers and they came back with the same readings.
I also was wondering how often you feed your fish and how much. I am feeding thawed frozen brine shrimp rinsed and soaked in their sw but unsure how much to feed. So far there has been little left over to be removed.
Thanks again Carey! You have been a great help.

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I did a 50% wc. Fish are doing well. The parameter are good. No Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate between 80 and 160 ppm. The salinity is about 1.017 since the wc using sw. I will test again tomorrow. A wc in a week. I have been feeding them thawed brine shrimp once a day.
I also checked my my refractometer and it is calibrated so I am good there.
How often do you test your water?

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Your nitrates are way high, probably from feeding daily. I only feed my reef tank every 3 days. Keep up with the 50% water changes to get those nitrates down under 40 as you raise your salinity.
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I would do another WC sooner than once a week with your nitrates that high. Until they're down anyway.
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