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Old 07-27-2006, 12:43 PM   #1
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Nitrate??

I have a new tank and i cured my live rock in the tank. The Ammonia and Nitrite levels have become undectetable. Ive done about a 3/4 water change and my nitrate level still reads 30ppm. Any idea on how i can lower the nitrate level?
To mix the saltwater i use tap water run through a pur water filter do think thats where the nitrate is coming from?
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Old 07-27-2006, 12:54 PM   #2
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test the water before mixing it to see if theirs nitrates
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Old 07-27-2006, 01:17 PM   #3
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if it is the tap water where the nitrate is coming from is there a way to treat my tank to lower the nitrate levels?
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Old 07-27-2006, 02:12 PM   #4
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I believe the nitrates spike near the end of the cycle and should settle down to 0. How long have you been on your cycle? I wouldn't worry about a PWC right now, just let nature take her course.
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I believe the nitrates spike near the end of the cycle and should settle down to 0. How long have you been on your cycle? I wouldn't worry about a PWC right now, just let nature take her course.

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I believe the nitrates spike near the end of the cycle and should settle down to 0.
Uh... actually, nitrate won't just settle down to 0 at the end of the cycle. That's why at the end of the cycling process, it is recommended to perfrom a big WC.
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Cool, thanks for the correction!
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not rilly any way around it you should pick up a ro filter ther prity cheep $100 for a nice 6 stage ro di on ebay the only way to reduce nitrates is to do water changes so if you got nitrates in the tap water not to mention all the other stuff your guna have problems keeping them in check
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its only been about two weeks. but i already did 75% water change and the nitrates are still high. if the nitrates stay high is there any way to treat the water thats already in the tank to lower the nitrates
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Nitrate sponge and macroalgae will help but IMO, WC is the way to go
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