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nitrates at 0..any advice ?
Old 12-03-2008, 03:28 PM   #1
 
nitrates at 0..any advice ?

I just checked my water parima and for some reason my nitrates are showing 0..nitite 0..amonia 0..ph 8.2..my question is my tank has been running almost a year and Im not sure why my test results show my nitrates at 0..any idea's..thx
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Old 12-03-2008, 04:12 PM   #2
 
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well in SW tanks it's possible to achieve a reading of 0 nitrates in a mature tank. This is typically due to having plenty of live rock, a deep sand bed, and good skimming. Bacteria can grow in areas with no oxygen, such as deep inside live rock and in the depths of a deep sand bed, which will consume nitrates and convert it into nitrogen gas.

This is typically considered a good thing, many people strive to achieve 0 nitrates through the methods listed above. However, by the wording in your post it sounds like you stumbled upon this by accident ! Can you give us some more details of your tank, such as size, how much LR, how much sand, etc...?
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Old 12-03-2008, 04:55 PM   #3
 
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well in SW tanks it's possible to achieve a reading of 0 nitrates in a mature tank. This is typically due to having plenty of live rock, a deep sand bed, and good skimming. Bacteria can grow in areas with no oxygen, such as deep inside live rock and in the depths of a deep sand bed, which will consume nitrates and convert it into nitrogen gas.

This is typically considered a good thing, many people strive to achieve 0 nitrates through the methods listed above.
Exactly.
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Old 12-03-2008, 08:51 PM   #4
 
thx for the reply..it's a 30 gal, livesand subst..roughly 2 inch bed,about 40 pounds of liverock,biofilter millenium 3000.wet dry filter, 300 powerhead, additional 35 gal. filter for flow. t-5 lighting, 100 watt heater,salinity 23,Alk 10, running about a year, a couple incounters with ich about 5 months ago and a potential outbreak as I type, and a little res slime accum, nothing serious, besides that very healthy tank. Got into coral about 2 month ago..a couple button polyps colonies..and I had recently purchased a leather mushroom...all doing awsome under those t-5 lights..a couple bubble tip anemones..1 cinnimon clown, 3 snails
, 8 blue-legged herm crabs and a sea urchin, 2 blue demsils,1 yellow tip demsel, 2 domino demsils, a scopas tang which Im treating in a 10 gal quar tank at the moment,and a fuzzy dwarf lion fish.
i feed them 4 different types of frozen food,some flake,and live/frozen for my FDL.I use a iodine supp for the coral and inverts.the last couple times I checked my parim's the nitrate read 0, wwhich I found strange,hense my last post. enough info? ..thx for the help
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