07-31-2010, 06:18 PM
| || | need help with Nitrite and Nitrate
Are my levels ok or can I get them down lower? I have been fighting with my nitrate and nitrite since I have started my tank about 6 months ago. I cant seem to get them any lower. Algae doesn't seem bad. I am doing a 20% water change once a week. I have read that if I remove the bio wheel from my filter it may go down more. Not sure if this is true or not. My fish seem to be fine. Water is crystal clear. No slime build up anywhere. I started out with 2 fish. A month later added 2 more, then 1 a month after that. I have taken it slow. Any advice would be a great help.
The only thing I have not been able to keep in my tank is shrimp.
I get saltwater that is pumped in from 2 miles out in the ocean(and its FREE)
Nitrite 1.0 ppm
Nitrate 10ppm (may be 5 to 10 its hard to tell color on test are so close)
1.026 specific gravity
bio wheel filter
1 power head
large live rock
1 blue rhino
1 white spotted puffer(about 1")
1 feather duster