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John, I have something major going on with my aquaripure. all of a sudden the nitrates have gone up to 40 ppm in the last 2 weeks. It has been in operation sense April 1st. It initially took about 10 weeks to cycle and after that the nitrates have been 0 ppm until now. I adjust and feed every four days. my drip rate is set to 18 sec at 1/2 ounce. I have noticed the last few weeks that when I fully open the valve to adjust that I get an oder like rotten eggs. I don't know what is happening. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!
120 GAL REEF TANK
40 GAL REFUGIUM
200 LBS FIJI AND TONGA LIVE ROCK
2 POWER HEADS
AUTO TOP OFF
500 GPH FLOW RATE
2 X 65W BLUE ACTINIC'S 420NM
2 X 65W 50/50s
2 X 250W 14K METAL HALIDES
SALINITY 1.025 REFRACTOMETER CHECKED
MAGNESSIUM 1390 TO 1420
TROPIC MARINE PRO REEF SALT
CALCIUM DUAL CHAMBER REACTOR
Originally Posted by turk86 View Post
Are you adjusting the filter every 2 days? Has the flow rate been fluctuating more than normal? Do you open it all the way up before adjusting downward? Every now and then when my tanks nitrates get to zero I get a little complacent and don't adjust or feed as often as I should and then the nitrates go back up. I find that as soon as I get back into the proper maintenance routine the nitrates quickly go back to zero and the Aquaripure stabilizes.
To eliminate the odor increase the flow rate slightly or make sure it is adjusted properly and/or reduce the amount of nutrient injected. A slight odor is ok but if it is very noticable activated carbon will also help.
Hey John, my aquariupure has been running for almost 6 months now and my nitrate is still around 30-40. I'm still doing regular 20 percent water change a week and nitrate is still in that range. I'm not overfeeding my fish and corals... they all seem healthy. I just want the nitrate to be lower than 20. Please help!
For me to help you please get ALL the information possible about your tank such as size, # and type of fish, other plants, corals and animals, all other filtration, all maintenance schedules including detailed information on how you adjust the Aquaripure. Also give me the size of your Aquaripure.
E-mail me the information or call 407-242-1718 with it and we can discuss what you need to do to get it cycled and working properly for you.
It might just take a slower flow rate and/or some minor modifications to your maintenance routine. I can also send you a bottle of Aquaripure bacteria to help things along.
I also want to note for everyone reading this that BuffPpn0y has a very old model. Quite frankly the newer Aquaripure filters have a lot more internal surface area, generally work better, and have a lot fewer issues. Still, we should be able to get the old Aquaripure working for you with minor adjustments.
Last edited by Aquaripure; 01-18-2010 at 04:58 PM.