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Old 04-09-2013, 02:39 PM   #11
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Well in that case, I had a conversation with one of the LFS guys about lowering nitrates. When I started out, my nitrates jumped through the roof. He actually talked about this, but, then went on to say that if you even slightly miscalculate you will crash your tank (and the process itself is very involved). I also saw in my own research that you could create a problem with cyano. Others recommend Reef Biofuel as an alternative, seems like they have had great success.

Hopefully someone here who has experience with the method can chime in.
Mine is a 70gal
Ammonia : 0 ppm
Nitrite : 0ppm
Nitrate : 60ppm
PH: 8.5
I haven't done a first water change yet after the cycle and more curious how different it would be .
It did seam to be allot when reading about it .
How often should water change be performed and what percentage ?
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If your goal is to lower nitrate, then I'd do 3 50% water changes or one 100% water changes to get things to a tolerable level. A 100% water change will drop your nitrates to zero. 3 50% water changes should get you in the vicinity of 7.5 ppm. (This is assuming you have zero nitrates in your replacement water.)
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If your goal is to lower nitrate, then I'd do 3 50% water changes or one 100% water changes to get things to a tolerable level. A 100% water change will drop your nitrates to zero. 3 50% water changes should get you in the vicinity of 7.5 ppm. (This is assuming you have zero nitrates in your replacement water.)
They are only high now cause I haven't change the water after the cycle .
I'm sure if I change the water it will drop
What is a tolerable level for fish ?
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Most fish can tolerate up to 20 ppm. Tangs, angels, and rabbitfish may not be as forgiving though.
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I have used the vodka method with great success it lowered my nitrates to zero. Now I have switched to vinager which is basically the same idea and alot cheaper. If you research this you will find a chart that will show you exactly how to do it. Try reading this article. Vodka Dosing by 'Genetics' and 'Stony_Corals' - Reefkeeping.com
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When reading the first article on the vodka method another suggested method was vinegar and the third was sugar
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Yes thats why I suggested vinager its cheaper
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Hi , I have never been able to get my nitrate below 30ppm and have been running a tank for approx 7 months , recently upgrade to a 325 ltr from 100 litre. I have a tang , copperband butterfly , 2 clownfish a wrasse sandsifting starfish 2cleaner shrimps a goby + snails and hermits and a fair few corals..... 10 percent water change every 2weeks and top up with RO as needed ...... At first I worried bowt nitrate and looked into all sorts and decided to leave all alone and let the tank do its thing ............I,m not saying my nitrate level is perfect but all is good so I continue with my routine and all is good
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Is 30 ppm a safe range for corals and fish ?
I was thinking 25% water changes every week .
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Yes thats why I suggested vinager its cheaper
I think if I had to I might consider the vinegar .
If I have trouble after my water change .
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