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Old 05-05-2012, 01:36 AM   #1
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After words we cleaned the tank (nothing else in there) the nitrates skyrocketed!

Thought we were doing great with our saltwater. Our seahorses are doing great so far. But our 75 gallon we are having some trouble with. We just introduced a lion fish tonight. He was not doing well and passed away. We tested out water and it was all normal. But our nitrates were a little high (5). After words we cleaned the tank (nothing else in there) the nitrates skyrocketed! We found a lot of fish poop under the rocks. We have been using the vacuum but didn't think to move the rocks. We have a 20 gallon sump with ref and protein skimmer. So how do we lower the nitrates? Is it ok to remove the sand completely or just have a little? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 05-05-2012, 02:19 AM   #2
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moving sand and rocks released the toxins underneith. That is why your nitrated went much much higher, because i assume you moved sand and rocks. Dont. To get your nitrates down you must do waterchanges asap.

Btw 5 nitrates isnt high at all. What were the trates at when they "skyrocketed" ?
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