ok...I just don't get it....I changed 18 gallons on Saturday, tested today and trates are back up to 40 or more...going to change another 25 tomorrow and see what reading is. Could my test kit be bad?? It doesn't expire until 2017 but I don't see how doing all these water changes is not bringing down the level of nitrates. I'm averaging 2 pwc
's a week for the past month. My ammonia is 0, pH is 8.1, Nitrite is 0...only trates are high. Will take a water sample to lfs
tomorrow and see what they get. It can't be the water I am making...I am testing it before I add salt with my freshwater kit and getting 0 nitrate reading and then after I put salt in and mix it overnight testing with salt kit and getting 0 reading so it's got to be something else.
I bought 2 more Koralia's today off ebay and they will be here this week sometime so that I can get more flow. Right now I have 2 1050's, one pointing across live rock and the other pointing up at top of water to get gas exchange. My fish and all inverts seem to be very happy (as far as I can tell) and crabs are all growing (they have all changed shells since I put them in a few weeks ago) Common sense tells me if something is stressed and not well it won't grow. Even my shrimp are growing.....I might sound like an idiot by saying that, but I am just at a total loss here and don't know what to do. I want to get some softies but there is no way I can with trates supposedly that high