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03-25-2014, 03:43 PM #921
recap: 3-21 trates were 40ppm did 50% w/c and vac
3-23 - trates were 35ppm. did 30% W/C and vac
today 3-25 - trates 30ppm about to do 30% W/C and vac.
Staying the course hoping for an adjustment soon.
Kevin mailed plants yesterday so I'm excited about that.
Also getting some frogbite from genocidex. Figure every little bit will help.
still waiting for a call back from API on their nitra zorb but will most likely order that and metricide when I get the info I need about quantity
03-25-2014, 04:20 PM #922
This is from API website:
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NITRA-ZORB filtration media is scientifically proven to remove aquarium toxins
Removes ammonia, nitrite and nitrate
Follow API Easy Care Guide and use NITRA-ZORB when:
Addressing Water Solving Problems to remove ammonia, nitrite & nitrate
NITRA-ZORB is a ready-to-use filter media pouch, can be added to your filter to remove ammonia, nitrite and nitrate.** NITRA-ZORB is made of natural and synthetic ion-exchange resins that selectively remove toxins from freshwater aquariums. *NITRA-ZORB is completely phosphate-free and can be reused after recharging.
We’ve proven how well NITRA-ZORB works in reducing ammonia and nitrite levels!* Do you want to know how? *Check out the Science Inside article by clicking on the ‘Documents & MSDS’ tab to the left.
Treats: 5ml treats 10 U.S. gallons of aquarium water
Directions: Rinse pouch under tap water.* Place pouch in path of water flow in the aquarium filter.* For a new aquarium or when ammonia or nitrite is detected: *recharge every 5 days for the first month, and then every 2 weeks for the second month.* For an established aquarium: recharge every 2 weeks.* When nitrate is detected: recharge every 5 days until nitrate is reduced to 20ppm (mg/L) or less.* Replace pouch after 2 months.*
To recharge: dissolve 4 tablespoons (80 g) of API® AQUARIUM SALT in 8 oz. (240 ml) of warm tap water.* Soak pouch for 2 hours, then rinse lightly in tap water.* When not in use, store pouch in recharging solution.*
Item #:**************** *************** Treats:
110A 1 pouch**** *************** Up to 60 U.S.
For your 90g, I would buy/use 2 pouches, and 2 extra ones you will soon need.
Sorry, I DID NOT see any mention of what you claimed to have read above about 200ppm tho.
03-25-2014, 05:40 PM #923
Pred. thanks so much
This is the website I was on: http://www.apifishcare.com/product.p...1#.UzGwu85idip
Here's the info that stated 200ppm:
"API NITRA-ZORB reduces risk of fish loss when starting an aquarium. NITRA-ZORB removes ammonia and nitrite at aquarium start-up. Also reduces nitrate in the aquarium.
4-side double layered pad for efficient mechanical filtration.
Use when starting a new aquarium or whenever ammonia or nitrite is detected or when nitrate measures above 200 ppm (mg/L)."
Can you please give me the url for the site you were looking at. I couldn't find this info anywhere - and it's exactly what I need.
03-25-2014, 05:43 PM #924
03-25-2014, 06:13 PM #925
Holy Cow. I just got a call back from the API people about the nitra zorb. I explained that I was attempting to lower nitrates in my 90 gal FW tank so I wouldn't be dealing with high trates at week's end.
He asked me what fish I had, what plants I had, how often I made W/C and what my nitrates were at the end of the week before the W/C. I told him they often pushed 40.
He did everything but laugh. Seriously. He said, if you've got ONLY 40 nitrates in a FW tank you've got no trouble at all. He said, I could sell you this product but it would be like someone trying to sell me a $6000 suit for a job interview at a 7/11 when a nice shirt and a pair of clean jeans would do. He said he'd def like to sell it to me but I didn't need it. My trates could get up to 80 and I still didn't need to be concerned.
So ... interesting, huh?
Guess I won't waste my money on the nitra zorb.
I'll order the metricide today, add the plants from Kevin and genocide when I get them and follow up on my plan to have the hubby feed every other day, and start dosing prime e/o day around the 11th day to keep those nitrates as low as possible.
Note: I have NO intention of letting nitrates get to 40 on an ongoing basis, despite what he said. My goal will remain 20ppm max ... but I will say, it does give me a little piece of mind to hear someone who represents one of the largest fish equip/product suppliers tell me I don't have a problem. :o)
I'd also like to ask: and be honest. no one's going to judge. Is there anyone out there who runs their tanks with 40ppm nitrates or higher? Just curious.
I remember one day a long time ago, I was in my indy LFS and was talking to the owner who has kept fish for 40 years, about nitrates and why I wasn't adding more fish to the 90 because I was afraid of high nitrates. he said the nitrates in his show tanks often run around 80ppm. No problem.
Sure, he wanted to sell me more fish, but he was serious. He didn't see 80ppm as a problem at all.
So - discuss, guys. I'll be back later. Right now I have to lock myself out of the web for a few hours to get some writing done.
03-25-2014, 06:37 PM #926
When I tried product, it dropped nitrates from 40-80ppm, to say 20ppm within 24-48 hours. After that I struggled with the regimen they recommend on recharging. I also became aware how often this product would need replacing along with the information that I could control nitrates with better tank maintenance (i first thought it possible to do PWC every other week).
I do think this product would be of great help to you because of your extended absence tho. Good Luck!
Last edited by pRED; 03-25-2014 at 06:39 PM.
03-25-2014, 07:40 PM #927
I believe that the lower the nitrate, the better. I base this on several facts/observations as well as assumptions:
- mosts species in the wild live in water without any significant or measurable nitrate
- the accumulation of organic compounds in the water also fosters bacterial growth
- maybe nitrate isn't the most harmful thing in a tank, but nitrate accumulation may indicate accumulation of other substances that aquarists don't measure, nitrate being an indicator of sorts.
- I notice a marked decrease in activity, appetite and color of the fish in the aforementioned holding tank when nitrates rise. an immediate improvement was achievable with water changes.
whether nitrate is the harmful substance or merely an indicator that other parameters are deteorating I don't know, but I still aim for low nitrate concentrations regardless.
03-25-2014, 10:25 PM #928
03-25-2014, 10:29 PM #929
03-25-2014, 10:29 PM #930
I'll continue to increase my plant volume, start dosing with metricide (for both plant growth and algae control) and get this tank as close to 0 nitrates as I can before I leave on that 18 day trip. I'll have my hubby feed pre-measured amounts of food every other day as well as start every other day dosing with Prime about day 8 to minimize the affect of nitrates as they climb in my absence.
Hopefully, those measures will keep them safe. Hungry, but safe.