Nitrate levels very high for over 2 months

Discussion in 'Water Chemistry' started by afamily848512, Mar 6, 2017.

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  1. afamily848512

    afamily848512 Plankton

    Mar 6, 2017
    My nitrate levels in my 90 gallon saltwater tank wont seem to lower. They are and have been over 180ppm. I purchased a nitrate biopellet reactor over 2 months ago. I first had all pump water going through it and back into the tank ( per lfs instructions). Things worsened so i hooked it up as a feed line off the main line and bought a much larger pump (per different lfs instructions and speaking forums). This has been running for about 6 weeks and has helped slightly but is stil over 180ppm and reactor tumble is great. I use a skimmer in sump and it picks up some but not as much as i think it should. I just cant seem to dial it in perfectly. I also have carbon pellets and phospure in micron socks for about 3 weeks along with nitrate and carbone sponges for about 4 weeks now. Phosphate were at 0.2 but is now about 0.05. I was thinking of trying the vodka treatment. Does anyone agree with that idea or have a different suggestion?

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