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Bartman 04-22-2009 05:32 PM

High nitrAtes...
So here are todays test results for my tank listed below...

Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 20
pH - 8.2
dKH - 10
Calcium - 500
Phosphate - 0
Sg - 1.022 (need to raise, I know)

So I am actually noticing an increase in nitrates over the past week or so. It was steady at 15.

I have done two water changes, relatively small, about 10 L. Both were done this week and it seems nitrates have gone up. Should I do a more substantial water change? Tank is just over a month old.

Bartman 04-22-2009 05:52 PM

Would it be worth my time to purchase a sulfer nitrate reductor?

Bartman 04-22-2009 10:26 PM

What about this product, would you just place it in a phosban reactor set up?
Reef Concept - De*nitrate 1L - Seachem

Pasfur 04-23-2009 08:33 PM

Bartman, you do keep us busy.-)

No, you should not be doing anything to lower Nitrate at this point. I would expect NItrates to continue to climb for the first 3 months. At about this point the denitrifying bacteria in your sand bed should begin to reduce Nitrates. By month 5 or 6, without any help from you, Nitrates should be zero. This is when I personally consider an aquarium to be "mature".

Pasfur 04-23-2009 08:34 PM

By the way, I appreciate the constant questions. We have some time vested in your tank. I'd rather you ask questions first and leap later. You have been a pleasure to help my friend.

Bartman 04-23-2009 08:37 PM

And I couldn't appreciate your help more, always excited to see your response, I truly appreciate it pal. At the very least I hope it is helping others, and I just want to support this forum, keep it alive. I have seen some others but there is something about this forum and the people that make me want to stay :D


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