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Old 07-09-2012, 04:21 PM   #1
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Slight Nitrate spike again, is this normal?

My tank is a FOWLR and it has been running for about 6 months now. After my cycle and numbers were at 0 everything was good till about 3 months ago I had a slight spike that went up to 15 or so and I found out I was overfeeding them causing this. After weekly water changes and twice a day feeding instead of once I brought my nitrate down to 0. It was good for about a month or 2 and now it has slowly started going back up and is at 10 now. Nothing has changed other than I had 2 new fish but 1 died and removed it within a few hours of it dying cause my HC's were starting to eat it. Are these nitrate spikes normal?
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Something has to cause it. Fifteen is not a bad number for a FOWLR tank. Sure 0 is the goal but if it was me I would feed every other day. Been doing that in my tank for 14 yrs now with no problem.
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:51 PM   #3
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Thanks for the advice I'll try different things here or look for something unusual.
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Do you have dead spots? There could be stuff accumulating there and breaking down.
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Old 07-11-2012, 01:28 PM   #5
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I dont think I do, its a corner tank and I have 2 750 Koralias at the top sort of facing each other just a bit angled away from each other and I see movement all around the tank, I can maybe try different angles, didn't think about that,
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