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Old 02-21-2005, 02:47 PM   #11
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They never go over 20ppm and I read that its not dangerous till over 200. I dont know if thats safe, but am I in the green as long as it stays close to 20 all the time??

EDIT: I went and bought a second test to see what it would read and it says ZERO nitrates!!! WTF. Which test do I believe!!! LOL. The nitrate tet kit I just bought was "Marine Enterprises"
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Old 02-21-2005, 03:08 PM   #12
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Fish are ok there but corals are going to object to nitrates that are constantly up that high, so if you FO I wouldn't worry too much. If your last "test kit" was strips I wouldn't be surprised if you're seeing significantly less nitrate with kit than with strip. My test kit (salifert) shows 5-10 but the strips show closer to 30. When all else fails take it to the LFS and see what they test it at.
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Old 02-21-2005, 04:12 PM   #13
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HAHA, I just tested my 55 gal I just setup 2 days ago and the nitrate test I was using before is reading 10. Rediculous. Its not even registering ammonia yet, but has nitrates. lol No, its not the strips, its 2 bottles with 10 drops of each. Oh well. I guess ive been fooled. Thanks guys, this site is great help to us noobs!!!
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Also I did not see any crabs listed.... Get a good clean up crew and good mix of crabs and snails can help. Cleaning the CC is a must and LS or safe play sand would be better IMO.
Get a gravel vac and clean the CC good then test the NO3 a day or 2 later and see where your at.
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Old 02-21-2005, 06:53 PM   #15
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Did the cleaning today so ill check it a few days. LFS told me that my lionfish will grub on any shrimp or snails I put in. He did suggest a starfish though??
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