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Old 02-23-2011, 04:06 PM   #11
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Yea don't forget a general rule of thumb for nitrates at or over 40ppm you should do fifty percent water change and reduce feeding by half. Check each day until it drops. For strong fish I'd do the pwc each day also until fixed.

Sure cleaning up the tank and reducing as much waste is great advice. Feeding is the main cause of this spike. And if feeding has to be reduced to once a day so be it. If feeding has to be reduced to lower than once a day your tank ain't large enough, brother.

Best of luck, and watch out for those healthy bacteria when cleaning. They're on about everything you see. And when vacuuming gravel just hit the top half inch or so. There is a nice layer of healthy bacteria about an inch and deeper best left alone.
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:55 PM   #12
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Thanks to all of you. I'll start implementing your recommendations and see what happens.

BTW does anyone knows about a product named Nitrate Reducer by Instant Ocean? Does it works? Would it help? They recommended it at the pet shop I go to...
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Old 02-23-2011, 07:27 PM   #13
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I'd stick with the water changes as advised and not introduce chemicals.
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Should I get a powerhead for my 10 g? Would that help to keep the uneaten food from getting into the rocks? Is it necessary?
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Old 02-24-2011, 07:16 AM   #15
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We have had the same problem we bought nitrate minus it helps but then goes back up again any advice to keep it down would be appricated thanks
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Old 02-24-2011, 06:59 PM   #16
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Yea, great advice. Avoid chemicals to handle nitrates.
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Old 02-26-2011, 11:27 PM   #17
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I was having the same problem and a friend of mine suggested biodigest.. I have a large predator tank and I've been told it's very common for pred tanks to have high nitrates but I still try and keep water quality as good as I possibly can.PWC are effective and quite easy considering you're only changing 5 gal max.I'm still in my first week of using biodigest so I can't say first hand if it works but I've read alot on it and it sounds like a great product. Good luck to ya

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Old 03-11-2011, 06:03 PM   #18
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Update! I'm still doing PWC weekly and have done a 50% and nothing... I still in 40 ppm...

Is there anything else I could do??
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:08 PM   #19
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Just did another 50% WC and Nitrates dropped to 20 ppm...the only things that I did differently is that I brought a powerhead and blew away from the LR all the debris and that I used Live Water that I brought from the store instead of mixing it myself...
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I was having the same problem and a friend of mine suggested biodigest.. I have a large predator tank and I've been told it's very common for pred tanks to have high nitrates but I still try and keep water quality as good as I possibly can.PWC are effective and quite easy considering you're only changing 5 gal max.I'm still in my first week of using biodigest so I can't say first hand if it works but I've read alot on it and it sounds like a great product. Good luck to ya

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