very high nitrate concentration

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  1. amberj

    amberj Astrea Snail

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    also I have 6 snails 2 hermits and a red spikey starfish
     
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  3. tigermike74

    tigermike74 Panda Puffer

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    With the gunk on your sand, you can siphon that out on your next water change, it couldn't hurt. And don't feel bad, I think I hold the crown for highest nitrate concentration. Mine was so high that it was completely off the chart, I'm guessing it was in the 200+ppm range. But definitely do a water change, and if you want to get it down fast, try some nitra-zorb in the mean time until you can get it under control naturally.
     
  4. morau89

    morau89 Fire Shrimp

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    ok so it is like a power filter. A protein skimmer would probably help with the waste. There are many ways to naturally reduce nitrates and i am sure that you could find hundreds of threads about nitrate reduction. I personally like dsb's as long as they are remote and easy to change if you need to. I had problems with reducing nitrates but not to the same capacity as you.(mine were at 25ppm) I tried so many things and then finally the dsb solved the problem. My nitrates are less than 5ppm now and still decreasing.
     
  5. amberj

    amberj Astrea Snail

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    what does dsb stand for? I hear of some stuff called acno3
    Is that the same as nitra sorb?
     
  6. aussie_reef

    aussie_reef Plankton

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    a fish only tank can handle up to 60ppm nitrate but with corals i aim for below 10ppm if with the low nitrite levels your filter is obviously doing its job but more frequent more changes are needed,also vacuum the gravel should help
     
  7. sostoudt

    sostoudt Giant Squid

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    dsb deep sand bed
     
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  9. amberj

    amberj Astrea Snail

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    Already have a dsb - well at least 2" deep