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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-10-2004, 02:43 AM Thread Starter
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Nitrate Usage

I was wondering what folks here are seeing for there nitrate uptake.
According to my 2 Red Sea test kits my tank is using 5ppm daily.
I have a 4 WPG in a 55g tank.

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55G Planted, Shrimp only (Mix),P.CO2, eco/moon sand, 55WX2 AHS.
20G planted, Shrimp only(B.Bee), P.CO2, eco, 55W AHS kit in jebo fixture.
6G planted, Shrimp only(Tiger),P. CO2, eco, 14W AHS kit.

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Very possible. I would also assume that you are trimming out handfuls of plants every week.
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aye, I could see 5ppm a day with that much light and CO2...especially if you have lots of stem plants.

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Thanks for the confirmation.
I think this is one of the reasons why I am having problems with Algae. I thought my test kit was bad so I was always hesitant to add more nitrates to the tank.

75G Planted,Pressurized CO2, ADA ,TEK T-5 Lighting (6X54W)
55G Planted, Shrimp only (Mix),P.CO2, eco/moon sand, 55WX2 AHS.
20G planted, Shrimp only(B.Bee), P.CO2, eco, 55W AHS kit in jebo fixture.
6G planted, Shrimp only(Tiger),P. CO2, eco, 14W AHS kit.

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I have never figured out exactly how much nitrate my tanks are using per day, but some of the faster growing tanks will zero out the nitrate I add in maybe 4 days or so, so I would guess they are using just slightly less than 5 per day. I am guessing when my 75 gallon gets rolling, it will use more than that, since I have a lot of fast growers in there.
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