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post #11 of 31 Old 08-25-2012, 10:57 AM
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Madness, will you get off this thread already and give me some ideas about my corals question?

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40 ppm nitrate is nothing, unless you are a nitrate-sensitive species. I agree, this is not excessive, the question is, is it accurate?



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post #12 of 31 Old 08-25-2012, 10:58 AM
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Nothing wrong with 40ppm Nitrates. That isn't giong to hurt anything, if anything thats good for your plants. But 50% water changes every other day will bring them down in a hurry, unless of course, the water that you are using has Trates in it.
Shoot for <=20ppm, lower the better.

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post #13 of 31 Old 08-25-2012, 11:25 AM
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Shoot for <=20ppm, lower the better.
Ah, but 40 is not a problem, you are correct, the lower the better, but FW does not require totally clean water like a Reef does. And I keep mine around 20-30. Totally clean water will cause you problems.
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post #14 of 31 Old 08-25-2012, 11:27 AM
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Madness, will you get off this thread already and give me some ideas about my corals question?

Be right grateful, to ye.

40 ppm nitrate is nothing, unless you are a nitrate-sensitive species. I agree, this is not excessive, the question is, is it accurate?

As for accuracy, I've leanred that you gotta shke the crap outta the bottles for at least 30 seconds, then once you've mixed the concoction up, let sit at least 5 mins in order for it to be accurate. And if done this way, you will get the same readings back to back.

ps- where did I miss your thread on Corals? My bad
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post #15 of 31 Old 08-25-2012, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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retested still high closer to the 80ppm tested tap nitrate 0 ph 7.6 ph high 8.0 will change more water tomorrow.can over shaking the vial give high number.it seems to stay yellow until almost the 1 minute mark then it turns the red color & seems to stay that color
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retested still high closer to the 80ppm tested tap nitrate 0 ph 7.6 ph high 8.0 will change more water tomorrow.can over shaking the vial give high number.it seems to stay yellow until almost the 1 minute mark then it turns the red color & seems to stay that color
Over shaking it should not change results. Try a smaller (25%) change tomorrow, perhaps every other day to bring the levels down. Good to hear that the tap water is clear.

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post #18 of 31 Old 08-25-2012, 03:36 PM
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Ah, but 40 is not a problem, you are correct, the lower the better, but FW does not require totally clean water like a Reef does. And I keep mine around 20-30. Totally clean water will cause you problems.
I will strive for zero nitrates, like freshwater in nature.

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I will strive for zero nitrates, like freshwater in nature.
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post #20 of 31 Old 09-01-2012, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
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i must be doing something wrong.aug.29 changed 5 gal. water.nitrate still40-80ppm. did my weekly 10 gal. change today. & still got 40-80ppm. before & after test.every thing else was fine. i started to feed fish once a day,in case i was over feeding.don't know what else to do?
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