Nitrate Reactor


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Hi,

I have a 4 month old tank and the nitrate level is currently at 50ppm as measured using a Salifert test kit, the level was fairly consistent at 5-10ppm until about 2 weeks ago when it moved up to around the 50ppm range. LFS recommended NOPOX but also heard that a nitrate reactor is also a good option to reduce the nitrate levels.

Have reduced amount of feeding but don't see a marked affect.

Please advise regarding the NOPOX or reactor route. Thanks.
 
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you have to first identify the problem..how did the nitrates increase so rapidly? also what is your Phosphate levels? we often forget that there is a link between nitrates and phosphates..bacteria needs phosphate to consume nitrate and vice versa
 
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I had an outbreak of white spot on two of my clowns and treated the tank for 10days with Artemiss and Herbtana , the clowns unfortunately did not make it and were removed pretty much as they died.

After that it seems the nitrate levels starting increasing but I have no idea if that is the case or even possible.

I would need to check the phosphate levels.
 

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Do a bigger water change... sounds like the meds killed your bacteria

and that's a big spike, have you cleaned EVERYWHERE in your tank?

Remember with pellets you need a big skimmer so make sure that's working well. Should you perhaps top up the pellets?

I wouldn't carbon dose from here... there must be a source you need to sort out, more carbon will just delay a blow out.
 
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