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Old 08-31-2015, 07:55 PM   #1
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Nitrate levels sky rocketed

Just tested my water and my nitrate is at 20 ppm. I usually do 25% water changes. My whole tanks is 43 gallons. Should I do a larger water change?


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Well, I don't think 20 is sky rocket high levels but if you are running a reef tank you do want to keep it as close to 0 as possible. Larger water changes might be necessary to get them to 0 before you can back off some again.
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No it's a fish only tank with 7 fish, a cleaner shrimp, crabs, snails, an anemone and a feather duster. Do you think I need to do a water change ASAP?


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Well, it isn't a fish only tank if there is an anemone in there. If it is photosynthetic, I hope you have the intense lighting a reef tank needs to keep it alive.
If this were a a FO tank without such creatures you could let the nitrates get to 40 without much issue.
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You are well in the safe range no need to stress

in a FOWLR tank you have a range that far exceeds a reef ,

FOWLR 20ppm to 40 ppm just keep it towards the 20ppm mark

REEF 0ppm to 20ppm but always try to stay below 10ppm and as close to 0ppm is best

I keep my FOWLR around 15 ppm

my reef stays steady at 2ppm
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