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Nitrate Problem

Post by Home_Depot on Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:46 pm

Hey Guys I got a call from a guy that is having some nitrate problems. He can't get his nitrates below 80ppm. He is using city water and he said all of the other tests he has done are prefect. 0 amm. and nitrites.

He had added some new LR to his tank and said it was some good stuff. it was Fiji

I suggested to him to get a RO/DI unit and until he gets one to go buy some water from walmart and do like a 20-30g water change to see if the problem would be the water.

Anyone have any other thoughts on this?

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Post by brad on Mon Feb 02, 2009 5:30 pm

check the test kit it could be old.

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Post by GoingPostal on Mon Feb 02, 2009 7:48 pm

What's he testing with and what size tank, how many fish. Basic details. Check the nitrates of the water out of the tap and make sure he's not adding more with that. Might just be too overloaded, too much food. He'll have to do a butt load of wc to get it down, the bigger the better.
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Post by Home_Depot on Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:01 pm

I am not sure how many fish are in there but it is a 125g If he don't log on here I will call him in a few days to see how things are going.

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Post by schaver on Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:13 am

when i lived in st.cloud and first started out, for the first 4-5 yrs i couldnt get my nitrates down either every thing else was perfect which didn't matter i only had fish with live rock. i did water changes after water changes even used the nitrate spounges (i didn't have on line for help like this back then). then i got my R O unit and every thing seem to start clearing up so my vote would be a ro unit.
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Post by GoingPostal on Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:03 pm

Yeah but if the tap is reading zero it's not causing the nitrate problem. If the tap has nitrates than he can only get them as low as the tap water reads. Nitrates aren't coming from nowhere.
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Post by Home_Depot on Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:10 am

True, I will give him a call tomorrow and chat with him about it.

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Post by blennieluvr on Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:47 am

If he just added rock, I'd suspect the rock is causing those issues. Tell him to get ready for some bigtime W/C's. I hope he posts! If I were him, I'd take Tiffany's advice and check the tap to be sure.
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Post by Home_Depot on Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:17 pm

I just got off the phone with the guy and he said that the city water has nitrate in it so he ordered a RO/DI unit it will be in on Monday so hopefully that will take care of the problem for him.

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