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Old 02-03-2011, 05:37 PM   #1
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Nitrite levels pls help!!

My 55 gallon salt water tank has been established for 8 months. I presently have a yellow tang, a four striped damsel, a cleaner shrimp, and snaills. My levels have been normal but in the last two weeks my Nitrite levels have been steadily climbing. It's not high at 10ppm but my main concern is to get it taken care of before it gets out of control. I've done a 30% water change with absolutely no results. Pls help.
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Did you have anything die in the tank? Can you take a sample to your LFS to double check your results. Have you medicated your tank? That might have killed some of the nitrifying bacteria in your tank. How often are you feeding? Just some questions that might help.
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Sorry about the wrong information but its my Nitrate not Nitrite.
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10ppm nitrate is nothing to be alarmed about. as a matter of fact, i wouldn't be concerned at all. just do weekly water changes and you'll be fine.
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Thanks a lot but I was concerned about me performing a 30% water change with no results. Do I have to do a series of 30% weekly water changes to see any results?
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it's impossible to say. every system and it's care is different.
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What are the best known ways to lower or combat Nitrate levels?
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water changes, refugiums/macro algae, using nitrate removing media in a reactor, vodka dosing.
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Thanks a lot for your help. What is Vodka dosing?
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adding vodka to the tank to lower the nutrient level.
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