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post #11 of 20 Old 06-21-2012, 04:23 PM
0 nitrate can only be attained in a sw tank where the use of n-p bio pellets and a reactor is used. in normal fw tanks a reading of 10 nitrate is mostly what you get after the tank is cycled.test strips aren't very accurate.

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post #12 of 20 Old 06-21-2012, 08:59 PM
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0 nitrate can only be attained in a sw tank where the use of n-p bio pellets and a reactor is used.
This is not true. Some heavily planted tanks can achieve, and you definitely do not need any special reactors to do it in saltwater. If you are feeding properly, have no mechanical media, lots of live rock, and do your water changes you can achieve no detectable nitrate or phosphate.

Throw your test strips away, they are garbage. You can guess better than they would tell you. Buy a liquid nitrate test kit and find out what it really is.

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post #13 of 20 Old 06-22-2012, 11:35 AM
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nitrate 0, nitrite 0, chlorine 0, alkalinity aprox 40-80, ph 6.8. There was a problem with the water softener system in my house but we just had it fixed, so hopefully that will help and my next water change ill add in some RO water. Yes i wanted to have 4 corys but i didn't want to keep getting more and having them die.
This raises another issue. Are you putting water that has gone through the softener into the aquarium? If yes, do you know how the softener works? Some add various salts to soften, and this is as bad or even worse for some fish.

Any chance you can use water prior to it going through the softener, and if yes, do you know the GH and pH of this water?

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post #14 of 20 Old 06-22-2012, 04:54 PM
fishguy2727 how is it done? can you teach me in more detail? i would love to attain 0 reading esp for phosphate in my reef tank.my corals don't do well with phosphate pellets

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3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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post #15 of 20 Old 06-22-2012, 08:37 PM
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What do you mean phosphate pellets?

ANY food introduces nitrate and phosphate.

Nutrient control is about nutrients in and nutrients out. There is an enture article on this exact subject in the link in my signature. Check it out. If you have any questions about it let me know.

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I should specify it the is 'Algae Control' article.

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post #17 of 20 Old 06-23-2012, 04:55 AM
thanks tali for letting me hijack your thread ^.^

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4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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Oh my tank is pretty heavily planted, and they get shrimp pellets. They do a great job cleaning the gravel, low plants and large rocks.
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What test kits are you using? Make sure you are following the directions carefully, it is almost impossible to have 0 nitrate.
Its not too hard to have zero nitrate in a heavily planted tank, the plants will soak it all up

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post #19 of 20 Old 06-24-2012, 11:01 PM
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Its not too hard to have zero nitrate in a heavily planted tank, the plants will soak it all up
My tank is only lightly planted and I get consistent 0 ppm readings. I haven't had a reading over 5 ppm in 3 months (using API Master Test Kit for freshwater).

As long as you don't overfeed the plants help soak up the Nitrates.
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post #20 of 20 Old 07-23-2012, 09:49 PM
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Some water softening units add salt to the water. This may be the problem.
I have hard water (but is well water from a spring underground) my cory has no problem with it. In fact they are supplying the local store with fry!!
I have sand substrate (which they like) and local Elodea plants and another broadleaf plant that now reaches the top of the 20 tall tank. Also have an intank filter.
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