Need Help lowering nitrate levels

Discussion in 'New to Reefing' started by Rebecca2112, Nov 1, 2019.

  1. Rebecca2112


    Nov 1, 2019
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    Hi my name is Rebecca and I have never tried forums before so forgive me if I do something wrong. I am pretty desperate to lower the nitrate level in my 55 gal reef tank. I have not been able to buy any corals or anything else in quite some time in fear they wont tolerate my aquarium. So this is a quick idea of my set up. I have a 75 gal hanging filter, a fluval G3 floor pump filter, a aqua max protein skimmer, a uv sterilizer, and 2 e wave pumps. I also have about 35lbs of live rock, a few mandros plants and 2 shaving brush plants. I also used live sand when starting out my aquarium and I have a reverse osmosis system for water changes. Now I have spoken to a few people at various pet shops about how to lower my nitrate and have had little success. I clean my tank 2 times a month changing one third of the water and I use a siphon to get as much waste as I can but when I test my nitrate level right after cleaning my levels are still high. I don't know what else to do. Thankfully none of my fish or corals have died because of this but I know it must be stressful on them if anyone has any suggestions please let me know I would be very grateful and if you need more info just ask. Thank you
    Rebecca2112, Nov 1, 2019
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