Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Walnut Creek, CA
Crazy Nitrate Levels
I am just starting week three of the EI method and my Nitrate levels are out of site. The facts and figures:
130 watts of light (2 x 65 watts Coralife at 6,700)
26 fish (corydoras paleatus x 4, Cardinal Tetra x 9, Monglow tetras x 5, Dekeyseria brachyura x 2, SAE x 2, Otocinclas x 2, ? loach x 1 and Clown loach x 1)
50% water change on Sunday (2 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp Epson salt)
1/4 tsp KNO3 and 1/16 tsp Kh2Po4Sun Tues and Thurs
5 ml CMS + B Mon, Wed and Friday
Current levels as of Monday 7/11:
PH 6.7, Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 160 (itÍs really off the scale as this is the highest my test kit goes), GH 60 ppm and KH 130 ppm.
All of the plants seem to be flourishing with the exception of one that is developing holes in the leaves. No algae to speak of. What am I doing wrong??
Thanks for your attention.