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Old 02-05-2009, 02:49 PM   #11
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once a day there feed. I feed them either brine and tetra marine flake. I put some Kalkwaiser ever now and then. Thanks
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try feeding every other day and only as much as they will eat in 5 minutes. too much food and you will be feeding the problem.Also...flake foods could be your problem.
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Old 02-06-2009, 03:48 PM   #13
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Have you tested your nitrates from your source water AFTER mixing in your marine salt / any buffering additives?

When you do your water changes are you just taking water out, or using a gravel vaccuum to clean the sand bed?

Do you have adequate water movement around and in all your live rocks? (This includes water movement behind your rocks). Still water anywhere in your aquarium is a place that waste will accumulate and increase your nitrates.

When you put your source water back in the aquarium were you careful not to stir the sandbed?

Had a chance to clean any sponge prefilters for your overflow, sump, etc.?

I'm going through a similar problem as you and had to ask myself all these questions, and only now am finally seeing a reduction in my nitrates. Mind you, my bioload is much heavier. I'll be doing my second water change tonight.
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Old 02-06-2009, 09:16 PM   #14
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My water has been tested from all aspects. I take the water out when doing a water change. I have the main pump and two powerheads circulating the water. the sand bed is not usually disturbed and there is no prefilter sponge. Thanks
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Hmm. Other than overfeeding, nothing really jumps out at me that could be causing the problem.

When I feed, I turn off all pumps and powerheads, and just put in a little food at a time. Once the fish eat it all up, then I add a little more and wait. I do this until they kind of just start picking at the food. Then I turn back on all the pumps and powerheads. Not sure if you're doing it this way or not, but often times I've seen people just dump in what they consider the right amount of food and walk away. By turning off the pumps, most of the food is consumed by the fish and not blown away into some nook/cranny to break down and pollute your tank.
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Well when I feed them I don't turn of the pumps but I only put in a very small amount at a time and watch while they eat then add a little more each time till I feel they've had enough, I never do that (walk away) Thats why I can't understand the problem. The skimmer is working good I just don't know always had this problem. Thanks for the help though. I wonder if those denitrating chambers work.
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Old 02-07-2009, 02:31 AM   #17
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Before I'd go that route, I'd focus on water changes. Maybe 20% every 4 days or so? That would get you down to around 20ppm (assuming you started at 160) in around 10 water changes. Seems like once you get it down to a reasonable level, it'll be easier to figure out where it's coming from. It's so high now, any minor increase is just lost in the background.
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Old 02-07-2009, 08:57 AM   #18
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If you want to get to 20 you're going to need 20% changes for 7+ days. Remember the 20% is based on the new reading sooo. assuming 100 to start.

After pwc #1 = 80, pwc #2 = 64 , pwc #3 =51, pwc #4 = 40, pwc #5 = 32 , pwc #6 = 25, pwc #7 = 20.. Generally, not accounting for any additional nitrates being added amongst other things.

No biggie just didn't want anyone to freak out when the number is higher than expected after the prescribed # of days
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I would just perform a 25% water change and if the fish do not look stressed do another the next day or a 50% with a slow fill. Nitrates will continually rise so if you want to make an impact you'll have to perform a larger or more frequent water change.
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