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Old 05-11-2008, 10:20 PM   #1
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I've done many water changes since I set up my tank and I was wondering if I should keep up the weekly change if my Nitrate doesn't go above 5.0?
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5.0 is real good IMO. Some folks die for that.

Bi-weekly I'm thinking. Reef tank? How old is the tank now?
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5.0 is real good IMO. Some folks die for that.

Bi-weekly I'm thinking. Reef tank? How old is the tank now?
I think it's about 3 months old now.
I haven't change in 3 weeks and I just tested nitrate at 5.0
No Reef.
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so how is NitrAte 2.5? Is that okay for the fish to llive in?
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yes, nitrates aren't so toxic like nitrite and ammonia. a barely noticable presence won't hurt them.
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Hypothetically, if after 1-month without doing a pwc the water parameters are still pristine (nitrate-5, ammonia/nitrite-0, all trace elements still good etc) is it still a necessity to do a water change? Of course I always do, but I have wondered about this. My guess is that the pwc has something to do with removing dissolved organics as well???
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Well how do you test for trace elements?
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i would say its not necessary. do you test for trace elements?
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In addition to the norm, I test for Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphate.
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i don't test for anything anymore. i haven't tested my water in about 8 months. i do weekly waterchanges though.
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