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Old 01-18-2011, 02:29 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the advice. I know 10 ppm is not bad, but I would still like to try and get it to 0.

I will try and rinse out my filter media more often, I would only do that once in awhile. I also change the sponge media in the filter about once every 2/3 weeks, maybe I should change it more often?

As for the water I am using, I am using filtered tap water, I have an everpure purifier: Everpure H-300 Residential Water Filter Cartridges : Everpure Residential Replacement Cartridges : Everpure Filter Systems & Faucets | efilters.net

I also add seachem prime: Seachem. Prime

Do you think that combination is good enough?
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Old 01-18-2011, 04:43 PM   #12
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I'd get rid of the sponge media completely in that cannister, and let your live rock do its job.

Test your filtered tap water for nitrates... it could be coming in that way, too. Filtered and Prime-treated tap water is better than tap water by itself, but is no where near pure. Whether or not it's good enough will all depend on if it gives you problems or not, I suppose.
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Try to increase your changing the water once or twice a week, nitrate nitrogen cycle is over, the whole point of water is the removal of nitrate changes. So it seems like you need to do more regular water changes. And increase the east-west your filter media is good, but better address the underlying first.
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Try to increase your changing the water once or twice a week, nitrate nitrogen cycle is over, the whole point of water is the removal of nitrate changes. So it seems like you need to do more regular water changes. And increase the east-west your filter media is good, but better address the underlying first.
Increase the east-west? what does that mean?
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I believe that your filtered tap water is the source of your nitrates. Prime does not do anything for nitrates. IMO you are only going to make it to 0 by going RO or RO/DI.
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Increase the east-west? what does that mean?
If I remember right, this was just some garbage that someone typed in so they could spam the forum with their signature line. Looks like the spam was removed, but not sure why they let spammers like this stay registered here.
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