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Old 06-10-2011, 11:02 PM   #1
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What should Nitrate be at?

My nitrate where at 40 yesterday I did a 25% water change in the morning and I test them right now and they where at about 30, I plane on adding some inverts and one fish tomorrow. My question is what should my trate are safe to add my inverts and one fish tomorrow if not what should they be at? What is a good starter fish to add?
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Aim to keep your nitrates under 20
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do i do anther water change, i did a 25% water change in the morning??
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How old is the tank?
Are you going to have corals?
What lighting do you have?

For fish only 20ppm is fine, but if you are going to have corals (and the lighting to go with them) that will turn the tank into an algae farm, in which case you want it as low as possible (ideally undetectable, but 0-5 or 5-10ppm is more typical.
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How old is the tank?
Are you going to have corals?
What lighting do you have?

For fish only 20ppm is fine, but if you are going to have corals (and the lighting to go with them) that will turn the tank into an algae farm, in which case you want it as low as possible (ideally undetectable, but 0-5 or 5-10ppm is more typical.
Two weeks
Some corals not now
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Plane on adding inverts and one fish tomorrow
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What size tank?
What water are you using for water changes (tap, RO, premade at the store, what)?
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What size tank?
What water are you using for water changes (tap, RO, premade at the store, what)?
21gallon 64"L 26"H 4"w it's a wall mounted tank, I used tape and added conditioner
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Most likely the nitrate is coming from the tap. Test it to make sure, but you will probably want to switch to RO water. On that size tank you could buy distilled (it has 0 TDS) or buy RO water from the LFS and mix your own water at home. It may not be a big issue now, but I can guarantee that the tap water will feed algae in that tank.

Any pics? Those wall mounted tanks are a pain (to maintain and scape).
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Most likely the nitrate is coming from the tap. Test it to make sure, but you will probably want to switch to RO water. On that size tank you could buy distilled (it has 0 TDS) or buy RO water from the LFS and mix your own water at home. It may not be a big issue now, but I can guarantee that the tap water will feed algae in that tank.

Any pics? Those wall mounted tanks are a pain (to maintain and scape).
I added pics, so what if I take out about 7gallons and use 7 gallons of distiller, would that help? Or just 5 gallons of RS
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