Lowering nitrates

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  1. Bayls

    Bayls Not often called Junior!

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    Hi
    I left my tank maintenence up to our domestic whilest away for a week. She did a great job on everything except that she fed the fish over half of a big tin of flake food in that time! (I did show her what a pinch was - just obviously never made it clear that it should only be 1 pinch at a time!).

    Anyway, most of the parameters are good, fish and corals look fine, just the nitrates are sitting at 2. What is the quickest way to lower nitrates (apart from water changes)?

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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Water changes is still your best bet. Otherwise get hold of the Organic Aqua powder (cant get the name,it comes in a bucket), helps reduce Nitrates.
    But my choice will still be water changes and cutting down on feeding.
     
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    Mike Retired Moderator

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    Nitrates at 2??? most reefers dream of getting them that low.

    Are you sure you're not just showing off?:lol:

    Don't do drastic water changes (over 20%) it can alter the chemistry of the tank, cut back on food and do a 10% change every few days.
     
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    Or Macro algae
     
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    Bayls Thread Starter Not often called Junior!

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    Thanks guys, I feel better now! Have cut down on feeding and will do water changes.
    Cheers!
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Nitrates <5 is safe.
     
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    2 is still very OK - no need to worry yet - the water changes will bring it down
     
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    Have to agree, my nitrates fluctuate between 0 & 10
     
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    eish congrats on training up the domestic:whistling:
    are you sure you dont mean the nitrates are sitting at 20 cause mine are at 10 at the moment which is acceptable but will require a water change soon.
     
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    Ok guys, now don't tell Bayls i said this, but i reckon he's just trying, in a roundabout way, to tell us that his nitrates are only 2, now he's showing off so it's best to just ignore him;)
     
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    Bloody show off, making us fools here :p
     
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