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    Nitrates

    Just tested my nitrite and nitrate levels (I got a new fish last week) and found that my nitrites are at 0 but nitrates are at about 10-15 PPM. I also did a "cleanup" in my refugium yesterday which stirred things up quite a bit. I was prunning my macro and stirred up the and bed (not by purpose). My question is ... should I be worried that I have 10-15 PPM of nitrates in my tank? It is also time for a water change tomorrow. I do a 30% every two weeks and this saturday is water change day. I haven't really tested my nitrates before a water change to see if they get higher when it's close to water change time so I have no reference. Everything seems fine - Xenia is plusing, leather is open, candy looks good and fish are happy. Should I be worried?

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    Steph

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    imo 15ppm nitrate is should be ok for softies & lps corals and fish can handle
    much higher nitrate level.

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    a small waterchange might help your softies and inverts. but nitrates around 10 should be fine
    Vu

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    Yeah, those nitrate levels are low enough for you not to worry about them. The xenia and leather opening up is definitely a good sign, and if you are doing water changes every so often, you will be fine. Don't start worrying until your nitrates get into the 15-25 ppm range. Then you may have to add some more biological filtration.

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    Thanks for the input everyone

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    As always the LOWER the better but this is not a really ugly number. If however your water change dose not reduce it i would do the water changes at 1/2 you current volume but twice as often.
    Rob

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