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Old 02-25-2008, 02:50 PM   #1
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Spiked-out Nitrates

I Was Doing A Routine Water Change.i Did A Water Test That Showed A Higher Than Normal Nitrate(30)level.i Changed 20 Gal. On A 120 Tank.after Doing The Water Change,i Tested Again.now I Am At 100.i Did Another Water Change Right Away.i Changed Out Another 30 Gallons.still Around 100.what Am I Doing Wrong?
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Old 02-25-2008, 02:54 PM   #2
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Bad water ? Bad Salt? Bad Test kit?

Confirm each by testing independent of each other.
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I Have Used 2 Different Testing System(the Vial And Dropper And Also The Test Strips).i Checked The Water First,nothing.then After Adding The Salt To The Water,. Nothing.tested The Tank,pegged-out.
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You need to check the water you are adding. Are you using tap water? Make up a batch of new SW and do water test on that water.
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Old 02-28-2008, 09:43 PM   #5
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First, test your source water as mentioned for NO3. Then test your mixed SW that you use for water changes. Aside from that, its the usual suspects for NO3 accumulation...over-stocking, over-feeding, too little bio-filration, etc.
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