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Old 12-27-2012, 12:21 AM   #1
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I can't seem to get my nitrate below 40. I've been doing water changes every 2 weeks for last month. My tank is about 6 months old. I've had a few fish but can't keep them alive. I have a shrimp, sand sifter star and anemone right now. Should I change water once a week?
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I can't seem to get my nitrate below 40. I've been doing water changes every 2 weeks for last month. My tank is about 6 months old. I've had a few fish but can't keep them alive. I have a shrimp, sand sifter star and anemone right now. Should I change water once a week?
What are you using as filtration ?
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What are you using as filtration ?
Are you using ro/di water?
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Also, how big is the tank and how much water are you changing?
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What are you using as filtration ?
I have an overhang filter. That is probably the beginning of my problem. I didn't change out the filter for first 4 months.
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Also, how big is the tank and how much water are you changing?
20 gallons, changing 5
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More water changes. Less fish. Less food. Might help.

I do 25-50% every week and my trates are less than 10. More fish = more ammonia. The tank should look a bit bare. Too much food = too much waste = more ammonia. I feed lightly once a day now. Good luck! I have had trouble keeping fish alive and am just starting to "get" it.
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More water changes. Less fish. Less food. Might help.

I do 25-50% every week and my trates are less than 10. More fish = more ammonia. The tank should look a bit bare. Too much food = too much waste = more ammonia. I feed lightly once a day now. Good luck! I have had trouble keeping fish alive and am just starting to "get" it.
Hob filters are nitrate factories and need cleaned once a week thats probably your main issue my waterchanges are about 10% total volume per week also a refugium with macro help my nitrates never have a reading using salifert test kit
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More water changes. Less fish. Less food. Might help.

I do 25-50% every week and my trates are less than 10. More fish = more ammonia. The tank should look a bit bare. Too much food = too much waste = more ammonia. I feed lightly once a day now. Good luck! I have had trouble keeping fish alive and am just starting to "get" it.
Yeah, I used to have a 60 gallon and it seemed so much easier to maintain. I think I allowed it to cycle longer than I did this one before introducing a bunch of fish.
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Yeah, I used to have a 60 gallon and it seemed so much easier to maintain. I think I allowed it to cycle longer than I did this one before introducing a bunch of fish.
If you cant do a fugi try biopellet reactor very effective at removing nitrate
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