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Old 10-10-2011, 08:22 PM   #1
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My Nitrates are jacked up!!!

65 Gal with Aqueon Pro Flex II sump Berlin Method
1 Coral Beauty
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6 Chromas
1 Diamond Goby
14 Hermits

Did a 20 Gal water Change this past Saturday, Nitrates are 80+. Everything else looks good.
Should I change more water(if so how much and how often) or try some De- Nitrate stuff?
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:05 PM   #2
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Mine was the same. Mine actually got over 150 ar one point. I figured out that it was from my tap. You need to get a RO/DI unit if u dont use one. Theres one on ebay for 65$ that I got. Type in RO/DI and itll come up. Do you use a skimmer? If not I would look into getting one. If you dont have a fuge (stuff in your fuge I mean) then get caulerpa or chaeto. Good Luck!!!!!
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:13 PM   #3
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I do have a skimmer, SWC cone and RO/DI water?
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RO/DI is filtered water that will not have any ammonia or nitrates...when you use untreated water like tap it can add nitrates, but at the same time it can kill bacteria, which can add nitrates to the tank
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how are you feeding?
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Old 10-10-2011, 10:26 PM   #6
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Hope I did not confuse yo guys. I do have an RO/DI.
Also feeding frozen brine 1 cube 2 times a day.
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There is your problem. Cut back to feeding every other day for a while and do weekly 20% changes. After the nitrates are at an acceptable level you can try feeding once daily. Twice a day is unnecessary. Also, rinse that food in tank water before adding it to the tank.
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One Cube every other day? Feel like I`m starving them. The books all say at least twice a day. Are they lobbying for the local fish stores? Its like telling me Beer every other day....the little guys are going to have DT`s.
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Fish in the wild don't eat everyday because they have to hunt for food. Don't worry you won't be starving them. Look at it this way a little less food now will save them from getting sick due to high nitrate levels.
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Old 10-11-2011, 08:21 PM   #10
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Ok, I will do my best to avoid their stare down, gonna hav to lock my wife out though, she`s a mother hen.
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