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Old 09-23-2009, 04:29 PM   #11
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hmmm, I just tested the tap a minute ago the chart was very yellow indicating zero I still have the vial sitting here it is bright yellow with the api test solution, you got me confused now, but then again that doesnt take much
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Old 09-23-2009, 04:31 PM   #12
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maybe it was at 40 and now down to 20, I did a 50% water change
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Old 09-23-2009, 04:57 PM   #13
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It's generally not super high to begin with but remember you are adding it with each water change in addition to what your tank is creating on it's own. And only a few ways to get it out.. so it climbs and climbs over time unless you do something about it
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Old 09-23-2009, 05:02 PM   #14
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help me out here, if amonia turns to nitrite then due to good bacteria it turns to nitrate, if I am right, then why the concern about nitrates

Do I have this screwed up
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Old 09-23-2009, 05:05 PM   #15
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I have some denitrate coming little white rock looking stuff made by Seachem
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Old 09-23-2009, 05:11 PM   #16
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read the label closely. It doesn't remove nitrates, it reduces them by removing the organics that help to create them. I would bet.

To my knowledge there are 3 ways to remove nitrates (I think).

1) water changes
2) macroalgae (or regular algae too but who wants that)
3) anaerobic bacteria via DSB or a denitrator (sulfur etc)
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help me out here, if amonia turns to nitrite then due to good bacteria it turns to nitrate, if I am right, then why the concern about nitrates

Do I have this screwed up

ammonia is toxic to fish
nitrite is toxic to fish
nitrate is toxic to fish at high levels.. thus the need to PWC or other measures...
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Right it says what you said and of coarse it makes a god place for bacteria growth.

I dont know how to do that cut and paste thing to quote you but , number 2 and 3 ho do you go about all that?
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Old 09-23-2009, 05:21 PM   #19
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#2 Beyond the Refugium: A Macroalgae Primer by Sarah Lardizabal - Reefkeeping.com

#3 Reef Central Online Community - DIY Sulfur Denitrator
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Old 09-23-2009, 06:00 PM   #20
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that was a good read and to make a reactor I have all those tools but, but, but, Thanks for all your help you and melosu sure are a big help.

I will monitor it often and decide what to do also have Nitrate sponge coming by Kent so we will try some easy stuff then do what ever is needed. Thanks Again.
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