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Old 12-18-2014, 05:03 PM   #1
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Nitrate level

I am trying to make my water reef worthy, my alk is 133, and my nitrates are 15 ppm. I am concerned about the nitrate level, I have seen information telling me I'm ok, and high. Looking for some input.


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Old 12-18-2014, 07:39 PM   #2
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in a reef you want to keep nitrate as close to 0 as possible
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Agree with istimpy have you got live rock or sump?


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Anything over like 5 is high in a reef tank. I would just do a few large water changes, get it under control and then going forward watch what you feed. Do you have a skimmer? How often do you do water changes and in what amount? And finally, what size tank and livestock? 5 little fish vs 5 big fish can make a HUGE difference.
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I have a protein skimmer in sump, the tank is a 72 gal bow front. Is was thinking of using the sump as refugium? I know I don't do my water changes often enough. I have live sand bed, with approx 30lbs rock, 10lbs of live to seed the rest which has worked ok. Live stock, 1 fox face rabbit fish, 1 Clarke clown, 2 lawn mower bennies, 1 small hippo tang, 2 emerald crabs, and 2 hermit crabs.


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Old 12-20-2014, 08:56 PM   #9
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From your stocking level and what you have I would say I am not surprised by your nitrate reading. You have some BIG fish in there, ie: the tang. Messy eaters and big poopers. lol

If you want to keep what you have then you will def have to step up the water changes. I dont think even a nitrate reactor would make much of a dent so water changes are literally the only way to go to get those numbers down enough to keep corals successfully.
I will add however, and people may call me the tang police, lol, but a hippo really has no place in a 72g tank. Mine is in a 180g and I hate that its not bigger. hehe That being said, get some water changes under your belt and I bet you will do ok with corals.
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I know I don't do my water changes often enough.


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