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Old 07-16-2004, 02:48 PM   #11
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my canister only have the bio-ring, and filter, i don't use the black stuff, my wet dry has bio balls, and bio ring and filter, i will try to cut down feeding on the fish to see if it's better, sg = 1.018, haven't check ph, but amo = 0, nirite = 0, i clean my filter once every two week, or is it better for me to clean it more often to lower the nirate level
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Where does your water come from? Tapwater, your own RO unit, a store machine etc. Tapwater can sometimes have a high concentration of nitrate. If you are using tapwater, check it for nitrates either before adding salt or even after or both.
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Old 07-17-2004, 12:05 PM   #13
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i use tab water purchase from the store, i have check the nitrate level, and is 0
my temp in my tank is about 81-84 and on hot days it's up to 86, could that be a cost of high nitrate level?
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IMO if your wet/dry is adequate for your tank then get rid of the canister. I went through the same process several years ago and although both are nitrate factories, the wet/dry gives better biological filtration and aerates the water. With the power heads you dont need the canister for circulation and you can use it in the future as a vacuum cleaner, or as a filter for a QT.

You may have to do several large water changes to get the nitrates under control. Ive done as many as five 30% changes in a week and a half in order to get my levels right.

Ive never heard of high temp causing high nitrates, but 86 if awfully warm. Be very wary of any new additions as they may not be able to take the heat.
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Old 07-18-2004, 08:20 AM   #15
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time to do some water changes and reduce feeding.
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Ive done as many as five 30% changes in a week and a half in order to get my levels right.
doing this can be a shock if temp and sg are different, so be careful. The first thing do do is reduce nitrates by doing water changes. Then you need to find what is causing the nitrates and cut it out. If you feed twice daily, how much? And how do you clean the filter?
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doing this can be a shock if temp and sg are different, so be careful
Very true Darb, I mix my water in a 55gal tub and aerate for at least 2 days. I dont do the change till temp and salinity is spot on.
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oic, that seems like a good idea to keep mix water in a 55gal rubber trash can, i think i might out with the idea of changing more water to get the nitrate to drop, oh and what is a good way to chill out the tank, my water stay warm all the time even in the winter so i don't have a heater in the tank
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my tank has egg crate on the top instead of glass. and on hot days a fan running pointing at the water. If that doesn't do it it may be time to look into a chiller
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