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Old 08-10-2013, 03:04 PM   #11
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I have tried feeding less,but nowt changed.il just cut down their feeds again and see how it goes.thanks everyone
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Old 08-15-2013, 02:53 PM   #12
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Feed less and do 35-45% water changes twice aweek, as low level wc won't take much nitrates out of the water so big and often and should see change
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Old 08-15-2013, 03:19 PM   #13
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How do you ensure your pH is stable?
What filtration are you using?
I am hoping u won't say u undergravel.

Excess nitrate peaks generally are due to over feeding with excess waste build up in your filter which then leads to sudden peaks. If you have a planted tank u should be ok. But judging from what you have said I really feel you should look into the feeding issue.
Also if you don't have a decent canister filter now would be the time to get one.

I have a 500L discus tank and have managed to bring down my WC's to just one 20-30% per week and I only do this because its a habit. I can honestly say I don't need a WC for a solid month with zero problems.

I'm using a Fluval FX5 canister
A Biolife Clip-on
2xBiologic Sponges

My media :
Ceramic Biologic
Peat Granules
Active Carbon
Ammonia Reducer
Nitrate Reducer

I seed using either Stability or Microbe Lift

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Old 08-15-2013, 09:44 PM   #14
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This is a salt tank, so adding a canister is not the way to go. You should be feeding only once every couple of days, maximum. Cutting down the feeding along with all the other things you are doing should clear it all up. It won't happen quickly though, just be patient!
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:52 PM   #15
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Hey thanks for the inputs,dont think i need a canister my sumps a winner pretty sure by all opinions that i just need to lower my feedings a fair bit.
With all the filtration ive got going on i reckon a few fair sized water changes and time il get my no3 back to zero and keep em there,they are already comeing down,cheers for the help.
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:11 AM   #16
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In a ~120 gallon tank those pair of tangs are like a pollution machine, when fed 3 times a day, if they are of any decent size.
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Old 08-20-2013, 06:23 PM   #17
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Id get rid of the flakes all together. Just use frozen brine or misys shrimp. Feed once, maybe twice a day. 3 times a day, not necessary. Keep doing the water changes. It will come down. But, if its 20, thats no real threat. 30 to 40 range, then I'd start to worry. Also, if you have a sump, add some calerpa macro algae, that will eat the nitrates.
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Old 08-20-2013, 06:35 PM   #18
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Most people will feed 2-3 times aweek, but up to you just if going to feed a lot you will have to do more wc. My tank is fish only and sits about 20 and going add some cheato soon as want start getting corals so hope that will bring it down.
Will adding more live rock help bring it down as not long upgraded tank so need about 25kg more rock before it will look good
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Old 08-20-2013, 06:54 PM   #19
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My nitrates are down to between 5&10 now,i always have cheato in my sump and ive dropped the feeds down to once a day alternating with coral foods.1day corals nxt day the fish.thanks everyone for the advice,think im getting back to normal now
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:09 PM   #20
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Good one
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