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Old 04-21-2007, 06:50 PM   #11
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Phosban will remove phosphates, not nitrAtes. You could add purigen, along with freuent PWCs this should help.
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my bad, I meant purigen
when I test the water, I usually have a reading of 5 to 10 ppm of nitrate
I have the doc wellfish master saltwater test kit. That is a good idea to try another test to compare the 2. I will do that. I also removed one of the bio wheels today, I will see where that gets me.
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when I test the water, I usually have a reading of 5 to 10 ppm of nitrate
this is not too bad. Keeping it more toward the 5pmm range would be ideal. Impliment some of the suggestions above and see how things go.
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I removed a bio wheel 3 days ago, did a pwc of 20 gallons, and my nitrate is now up to 20ppm from 10 ppm just three days ago.

what the heck is going on??
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Where is your PWC water coming from. It is not tap water is it. Do you test your PWC water before you put it in. Make sure you are not adding the nitrates into your tank.
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I have a RO system, I tested it and it shows 0 nitrate.
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Try using a different test kit and adding some more LR.
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I will try that.
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Also test for phosphates. A big factor in the nuisance algea game.
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i have had an experiance with my water testing equ where it has expired or gone bad and gave me false readings
i think it would be a good idea to get a different test kit to compare
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