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Old 02-11-2014, 09:58 PM   #1
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Nitrates won't go down

After my cycle I did 50% change then it went down to 40 then I did a 25% then it was at 60 ppm why did my nitrates not go down
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:55 PM   #2
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When you do water changes what type if water are you using? If tap make sure they don't have nitrates in them already
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Old 02-12-2014, 02:41 AM   #3
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Tank must still be cycling.
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I am using rodi water and my nitrites and ammonia are at 0 also
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I took out all my bio balls and scrubbed my sponge on the intake of the overflow I don't know what the problem can be
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Old 02-12-2014, 12:33 PM   #6
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It seems odd that it was at 40 and went up to 60 after a water change. Have you tested the water you are adding during water changes? Mix a small batch and test just like you would your tank water.
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Maybe 50% was to much?

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Old 02-12-2014, 02:14 PM   #8
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50% after cycling is okay. It should drop the nitrates quite a bit if what is being added has no nitrates.
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have you double checked those tests? what brand test kit?
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Old 02-12-2014, 05:41 PM   #10
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They are api master test kit and now after waiting the test is around 160
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