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Old 02-23-2011, 07:13 AM   #1
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Mi nitrates have been at 40 ppm for 3 weeks...I have done a 20% PWC but it havnt lowered yet. What else can I do? Is there a product I could use? My tank is a 10 g FOWLR with 2 clowns and 4 Nassarius snails. All other parameters are ok. I would like to add other livestock but would like to lower the nitrates.
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What are your feeding habits. How old is the tank and what kinda substrate ya got? How much rock and are you doing any kinda filtration? 10g with 2 clowns IMO is gonna show nitrates. Still without much information, no one can tell you how to lower nitrates. Again though, if those 2 clowns got any size to'm, you're gonna get that in a 10g tank.
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10g to small for 2 clowns,btu if you do a 50% pwc it'lll drop to 20,so keep doing pwc until trates are lower but find the cause of the high trates,keep feeding every 2 days and keep what ever filter your using cleaned each week.
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What are your feeding habits. How old is the tank and what kinda substrate ya got? How much rock and are you doing any kinda filtration? 10g with 2 clowns IMO is gonna show nitrates. Still without much information, no one can tell you how to lower nitrates. Again though, if those 2 clowns got any size to'm, you're gonna get that in a 10g tank.
Few Pellets and Frozen brine shrimp 2 times a day. Tank is 7 weeks old with sand, 18# of LR and a Penguin 100 filter.

Is my 2 clowns and snails to much bi0load for a 10g?
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No, but feeding twice a day is. First the feeding twice a day is a problem. Secondly, what your feeding is a problem. That frozen cube of brine shrimp. Get a small net and rinse the food with fresh water. You're gonna have phosphate problems soon as the frozen water is loaded with it. That'll cause algae blomms that'll get out of hand soom. I'd also add a couple of drops of Zoe (vitamin) and Garlic Guard to the shrimp after you rinse it to help boost the immune system Plus, the fish go crazy over the smell of it.
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No, but feeding twice a day is. First the feeding twice a day is a problem. Secondly, what your feeding is a problem. That frozen cube of brine shrimp. Get a small net and rinse the food with fresh water. You're gonna have phosphate problems soon as the frozen water is loaded with it. That'll cause algae blomms that'll get out of hand soom. I'd also add a couple of drops of Zoe (vitamin) and Garlic Guard to the shrimp after you rinse it to help boost the immune system Plus, the fish go crazy over the smell of it.
So I might be overfeeding. How often should I be feeding them? The pellets I'm using have garlic. Is it sufficient?
If this is correct a change in feeding habits should help me out in the long run but what can I do for immediate relief. I'm about to do a PWC but the first one didn't helped.
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feed them once every 2 days,also rinse food in RO water,and the tank is too small for 2 clowns,keep doing 20% pwc every 2 days the trates will soon drop.
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Also, make sure you are blowing the rock off. Uneaten food trapped in the cracks in the rock will cause this as well.
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I only use brine shrimp as a treat. They love it but it had very little nutritional value unless you cat something. (like vitamins)
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Feed once a day for a week or so and see if that changes anything. Nothing wrong with going to once every two days after that. I've had fish (clowns included) that didn't eat but once a week a couple of times a year with no ill effects.

Just do your frequent water changes for more immediate relief.
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