Nitrates too high!!!

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  1. TheresaC

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    Hi there,

    I have had a problem with high nitrates since I started my tank 5 months ago... I am desperate to reduce it. I have tried water changes but it does not make a difference at all.

    I have a 200l cube incl the sump. I have now tried everything. I still dose stability as well.

    I thought it could be my test kit but I took a water sample in to marine Idol yesterday and they also get a reading of 50...:eek:

    I have a cleaner and fire shrimp and they have are still alive and doing well. I have had them for about 3 months now? I have no idea what to do anymore?

    Phosphates, Nitrite an ammonia are all 0...

    Please can anybody help?????

    Thanks.
     
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  3. the fish

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    try dosing seachem Prime with the stability. :)
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Hi there. Please tell us more about your tank. what filtration you have, what other livestock you have. Did you buy the LR form a LFS or second hand. Tell us about your husbandry too. (maintenece schedule and feeding schedule and amounts)

    Are you having an algea problem at all or is it just the NO3 thats high.
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    hi!

    well you can always try orca nitraguard Titanium biocubes, 500ml should be perfect. you place them in the provide bag, add an airstone and nitrates will start to drop in 3-14 days.
     
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    As your P04 is very low I would not recommend pellets or similar carbon dosing that uses the redfield ratio to remove nutrients, For the N03 I would look at a small nitrate reducer.....Im sure though with enough gradual water changes on this volume you get reduce the N03
     
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    the titanium cubes do not need PO4 :) they are a small foot print nitrate reducer with no hardware costs other than a cheap air pump
     
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    Hey Dallasg I did say dont use Carbon dosing that uses the Redfield ratio as you have low amounts of PO4,if Titanium does not use the Redfield ratio then I did not advise against it....out of interest have you found Titanium to be more effective than the original product?
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    they both work great, i run them on all my tanks
    Nitraguard require PO4 and NO3, and the titanium just NO3

    i run both mixed and in almost 2 years never had an issue
     
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    Sounds great :thumbup:
     
  12. TheresaC

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    Nitrate problem

    I have the following setup:

    200L tank incl Sump
    Reeftek skimmer
    Reef Octopus NP Reactor with BIO pellets
    Auto top up System
    11 kg live rock (cured & uncured)


    Other fish & SPS Corals:

    1x cleaner shrimp
    1x fire shrimp
    1x purple reef lobster
    2x turbo snails
    1x fighting gonch snail
    2x cleaner wrasse
    2x false percula clown fish
    1 x fire fish
    1 x Potter's Angel
    1 x Flame angel
    1 x Yellow tang
    1x Sand sifting Goby

    1x Torch Coral
    1x long tentacle Coral
    Zoa's frag
    Waving Xenia frag
    Flowerpot coral
    2x brain corals


    I feed a variety of foods - Brine shrimp, white shrimp, formula one, calamari, chopped mussel, green seaweed sheets and some flakes. I feed something different every day to ensure a balanced diet... I also give them vitamins when feeding...

    I will upload some pics for you tomorrow.

    All the fish & inverts seem very happy... Is it true that the high nitrates burn their gills???
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    50ppm is not bad, but we can start at looking at getting down, so dont panic :)

    how many ml's of bio-pellets are you running? maybe more needs to be added?
     
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    I agree with this, you need to find the cause, otherwise it will just go up and down
     
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    i suspect the cause to be the NP pellets not working as they are there for N+P removal

    so before anyone jumps aboard, i have asked about the dose used etc
     
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    I have to check @ home - I think it is 250 ml np pellets... I have a little bit of algea on the glass every now and then but nothing major...
     
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    I bought the Live Rock new from a very reputable dealer.
     
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    How much are you feeding? You have quite a few fish for that volume of water, and it might be that you are not efficiently removing the waste.
     
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    i think you would need to run more NP pellets or add bio-cubes
    the bioload is high for that volume
     
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    Hi,

    Thank you very much - I will try that. I will keep you posted...
     
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    I agree with @dallasg. this seems to be a matter of expoting the nurients faster.
     
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