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Old 02-10-2014, 07:30 PM   #1
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Help with Nitrates

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I am having serious trouble with nitrates in my aquarium and would like help. I do partial water changes every week (5 gallon water change for a 36 gallon tank). I do not have the time or equipment to do big water changes. I an attempting the vodka method (started it 2 days ago) but I would also like another method to get rid of nitrates. All ideas and/or thoughts are highly appreciated.

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besides going with a nitrate reactor (which is bulky and expensive) carbon dosing and pwc's are your only option.
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What are pwc's
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Partial water changes!
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Are you using RO/DI water? I just found out my tap water was very high in nitrates like 120ppm. So i had to switch to RO/DI water
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I use tap water. Can I use my salt water test kit for the tap water.
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Yes thats what i did.
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If your tap water has nitrates then PWC won't lower them. RO/DI is the way to go!
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vodka dosing is an awesome method although its just going to retain the issue and not cure it.

hows ur stock looking? whats in there? whats the nitrate levels? and what sort of substrate do you have?
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