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Old 11-25-2005, 08:27 PM   #1
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Nitrate removal recommendations?

I nitrates are creeping up. I am looking for something to assist in temporary nitrate removal until my refugium is running. Has anyone used something you recommend? Anyone ever tried AZ-NO3 Nitrate Eliminator?
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Old 11-25-2005, 08:29 PM   #2
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I think some good old fashioned PWC's would be your best bet. Good luck!
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Old 11-25-2005, 08:32 PM   #3
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I have done 60 gallon water changes daily for the last 5 days (300gallons) without change. that is why I am looking into something else to help out.
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Old 11-25-2005, 08:35 PM   #4
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How high is it? My friends have used it when battling HA and it worked well. But they did loose a seahare to the chemicals. I would use it as a last resort. Any chance the top off water has nitrates?
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PWC vacuuming the substate is the best method I know. I also started using a PURA filtration pad in my sump 2 weeks ago and everything perked up in the tank.

Not sure how it would impacy nitrates. Claims to remove: Solids, Organics, Ammonia, Phosphate, Medications, Lead, Copper and silicates. Others have spoke highly of them as well. You could also add some nitrate sponge in a nylon bag.

One thing to watch is the amount of bioload you are adding at a time. I know you have been doing a lot of stocking lately. You may need to hold back for a while and let your filtration catch up.

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Old 11-25-2005, 11:57 PM   #6
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I just did a 30 gallon WC. I know it is small but that is all I had mixed. I normally run small pieces of pura under the overflow drains coming into the wet/dry. Right before the initial post I removed them and put a large 15X18 piece of PURA filter in. Redsea test says nitrate is 2.5 ppm and salifert test says it is 10+ ppm big difference. I am going tomorrow to get a 325 gallon mixing tank so I can do larger WC.
Both my white and green bubble corals did not look good today. That is what got me looking. I will work on vacuuming some of the substate tomorrow.
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How often have you changed the PURA pads? The larger pad sounds like a good idea, maybe a couple of them. Extra pads would be a whole lot cheaper than all that water. It was recomended to me to change it out every 3-4 weeks.

Check into the nitrate sponge as well. It can make a difference over time. Suggest not adding any more to the bioload until you know where your at for sure.

Even with a large system like your you need to give it a little time to adjust to new additions and build up the extra nitrifying bacteria.

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vacuming the sand when doing water changes worked wonders for me. i was doing like 30% a week for months with very little change until i started vacuming.im sure you will notice a diference when you try this, just dont suck up all your sand
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I used to use the nitrate sponge a long time ago. I just use Calerpa in my refuge now.
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The refuge just got stocked with some algae but will take a while to do some good. I change out the PURA pads before the 3 week mark. Lots of water go through mine so 2 weeks is about the max life for them. What caused the nitrate increase was I ordered 3 corals from liveaquaria. When they were shipped 1 of the corals base poked a hole in the bag and leaked out. It soaked the heat pack. The corals were really cold when I opened them. I acclimated them and they looked like they may make it. They did not. I watched the ammonia and nitrate levels constantly but they did not increase. The nitrate is not as easy to get rid of though.
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