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Old 04-20-2014, 07:39 PM   #1
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How to get nitrates down in a saltwater tank?

Any tips please? It's currently 20 ppm and I want to lower it.
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water changes , lighten up on feedings
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What percentage do I change?
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You should be doing regular water changes, I do 10% weekly. How big is the tank and how long have you had it?
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You should be doing regular water changes, I do 10% weekly. How big is the tank and how long have you had it?

It's 65 gallons and it's had fish in it since February 6
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Do you do regular water changes? If so, how much and how often?
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Do you do regular water changes? If so, how much and how often?

Yea, I used to do 50% once a month, but I'm trying to do it once every two weeks with a 20-30% change (the place where I get the natural saltwater is kinda far)
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I have a 75 gal comm.and do 10 percent every two weeks and my water is always perfect.i only have 7 fish and a shrimp so its easy for me I guess
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How high are your nitrates? 10% water changes does a good job of keeping them down in a system not being overfed. No matter what, you have to export what you put in. If your nitrates are at 40, 10% is only going to take 4 out and you are left with 36. It'll go up again and then you'll only take 10% out.
I would do a large water change, like the 50% you say you already do, and then switch to 10% to keep them down >20-ish...but it all depends on how high your nitrates are to begin with.
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How high are your nitrates? 10% water changes does a good job of keeping them down in a system not being overfed. No matter what, you have to export what you put in. If your nitrates are at 40, 10% is only going to take 4 out and you are left with 36. It'll go up again and then you'll only take 10% out.
I would do a large water change, like the 50% you say you already do, and then switch to 10% to keep them down >20-ish...but it all depends on how high your nitrates are to begin with.

My nitrates are at 20ppm. I just did a 20% water change since I just found an area near me that sells natural saltwater. I am also trying to feed less.
The bad news is that I think I have Aiptasia (glass) anemones so I'm planning to get a pepperment shrimp soon.
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