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    With nitrates at 40ppm, I would suggest a water change or two over the next few days to bring them down a lot. This should not effect your cycle a lot, but it will help you avoid a lot (and I mean a lot) of problems down the road. You have to keep in mind, your rocks are like nitrate sponges. When the nitrates are extremely high, your rocks will soak them up like a sponge. Once the nitrate level drops in your tank, the rocks will start to release some of the nitrates back in your water and bring them back up again.

    I would also suggest you keep the lights off for now before you develop nuisance algaes in there
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    How much of a change would you suggest I do for that?

  3. #13

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    Try some daily 20% water changes over the next 4 or 5 days and see what happens
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    Did a water change today and still getting 40ppm D:

  5. #15

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    How big of a WC change?

    Bump it up to 50%...
    Think with logic and rationality more than emotion. Act with moderation and consideration. Contemplate ideals and realistic goals and weigh out possibilities and options. Temper not with personal delusions or false hope but learn to accept and move on.

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    Was going to do try the 20% water changes that Cliff suggested, so far after my first change I'm still getting 40ppm on the test. Should I keep doing the 20 for the new few days or go to 50?

  7. #17

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    Try one more 20% water today. If (after the two water changes) you do not see any changes in nitrates at all, then I would guess you are still getting nitrates leaching out of your rocks already, or, it is coming from substrate if you used live sand. I just caught the part that you used live sand which can also add nitrates to a set-up just as live rock can. Nothing wrong with increasing the water change amount to 50% over the next few days. Seeing as how you used live sand, you might also want to do a bit of a gravel vac as well. This is a part of the reason why I personally do not like using "live" sand.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

  8. #18

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    I'd go with the 50% since you don't have anything in there it won't be life or death with a slight parameter change (ie pH or salinity) plus it'll prevent more nitrates from leeching in

    Generally speaking I'm cautious to do more than 25% when i was stocked just because I was always worried about param changes (personal phobia lol most people are fine doing more)
    55g Long --> After 18mo of doing well the tank crashed during moving. Most likely cause: Flatworm Die-off... won't start another until after moving... Likely not until late 2013

    20g Long --> currently concoting a build plan

    Check out the journal to follow my 20g SW tank

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    Well, the biggest problem for me to do larger changes is that I have to run to the store every day to grab more RO water, I can get about 7 gallons at a time (untill I get more containers)

    Would it be possible to use something like Seachem De-nitrate to reduce the level?
    http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?pcatid=4180

    If worse comes to worse I'll make the trip everyday to get the water since its only a few blocks down the street from for me.

  10. #20

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    0 Not allowed!
    Seeing as how the manufactures' instructions state you must bring down your nitrate level to 20ppm before even using that product, your likely better off to stick to the water changes. Not to mention the fact it provides almost the same function a good quality live rock dose, I would not recommend it.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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