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post #1 of 6 Old 04-22-2009, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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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.

Set up: 40 Gal Coral Reef (soon to be!)
2xKoralia 2, 1xHeater 150watt, 1xTunze 9002 skimmer, 50lbs x live rock, 1" argonite sand bed, 1xPhosban Reactor
Livestock: 2xclowns, 1xBlue Tang, 1xCleaner Shrimp, 1xConch, 5xTrochus Snails, 1xBlood Shrimp, 3xHermits, 1xSea Urchin
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-22-2009, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Would it be worth my time to purchase a sulfer nitrate reductor?

Set up: 40 Gal Coral Reef (soon to be!)
2xKoralia 2, 1xHeater 150watt, 1xTunze 9002 skimmer, 50lbs x live rock, 1" argonite sand bed, 1xPhosban Reactor
Livestock: 2xclowns, 1xBlue Tang, 1xCleaner Shrimp, 1xConch, 5xTrochus Snails, 1xBlood Shrimp, 3xHermits, 1xSea Urchin
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post #3 of 6 Old 04-22-2009, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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What about this product, would you just place it in a phosban reactor set up?
Reef Concept - De*nitrate 1L - Seachem

Set up: 40 Gal Coral Reef (soon to be!)
2xKoralia 2, 1xHeater 150watt, 1xTunze 9002 skimmer, 50lbs x live rock, 1" argonite sand bed, 1xPhosban Reactor
Livestock: 2xclowns, 1xBlue Tang, 1xCleaner Shrimp, 1xConch, 5xTrochus Snails, 1xBlood Shrimp, 3xHermits, 1xSea Urchin
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post #4 of 6 Old 04-23-2009, 09:33 PM
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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".
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-23-2009, 09:34 PM
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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.
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-23-2009, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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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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Set up: 40 Gal Coral Reef (soon to be!)
2xKoralia 2, 1xHeater 150watt, 1xTunze 9002 skimmer, 50lbs x live rock, 1" argonite sand bed, 1xPhosban Reactor
Livestock: 2xclowns, 1xBlue Tang, 1xCleaner Shrimp, 1xConch, 5xTrochus Snails, 1xBlood Shrimp, 3xHermits, 1xSea Urchin
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