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Nitrate (NO3) - A Growing Problem

The accumulation of nitrate or NO3 is a common problem in saltwater aquarium and reef tank systems. Here is information about what nitrate is, where it comes from, and the many ways to control, reduce or eliminate it in saltwater aquariums and reef tanks.
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Reducing Nitrates in Your Marine Aquarium With the Vodka Method
Think that sharing a very dry vodka martini with your marine reef tank could help reduce your nitrate (NO3) and phosphate (PO4) levels? In the September 2010 issue of the "Aquarium Fish International" magazine, Charles Delbeek described a simple method for reducing nitrates in a saltwater aquarium with the "Vodka Method". Here is what he described.

Controlling Nitrates (NO3) in a Saltwater Aquarium
Controlling Nitrates (NO3) in a Saltwater Aquarium? can be very frustrating. Sometimes it seems that, no matter what you do, the Nitrates (NO3) levels in your saltwater aquarium just keep going up and up.

How to Reduce High Toxic Nitrates Quickly & Efficiently
Here is a method to quickly reduce high nitrate levels in your aquarium and save money at the same time. Rather than doing a 10% - 20% every week or so to lower your nitrates by a small percentage, this method can be done in a couple of hours and will reduce your nitrates and other toxins.

Nitrates & Nitrate Control
Nitrates can be a problem in a saltwater aquarium. Nitrates are a part of nature, but excess nitrates can be harmful to corals and other invertebrates. Nitrates are also the food of choice for algae, another problem in saltwater aquariums.

Long Term Nitrate Reduction
Long Term Nitrate Reduction - How to Easily, Inexpensively and Permanently Reduce or Eliminate Nitrates in Saltwater Aquariums.

Top Nitrate Absorbing Products
Although not normally a major problem for most fish, excess nitrates (NO³) in a saltwater aquarium can be very detrimental the the health of most corals and many other invertebrates. A number of methods and materials, other than denitrator coils, have been utilized to absorb or convert nitrates to a harmless substance. Here are some of the top...

Nitrate, and Ways to Control It in Saltwater Aquariums
An introduction to nitrate or NO3 that explains what this element in a saltwater aquarium is, where it comes from, what the acceptable level of nitrate is for fish-only and reef tank systems, and how setting up a regular aquarium maintenance routine relates to controlling this problem element.

What Is A Coil Denitrator and How Does It Work?
Nitrate isn't good for our systems, be they FO (fish-only) or reef. You can buy a commercial denitrator that cost big bucks, is difficult to adjust, and requires feeding and monitoring to maintain proper operation. However, another very low-tech solution to very common nitrate woes is a coil denitrator!

Using Mangroves for Nitrate Reduction
From your About Guides Articles Archive, an in-depth discussion about using live mangrove plants to reduce nitrate in saltwater aquarium systems, naturally!

DSB (Deep Sand Bed) or No DSB?
Since the Live Sand Filter was created by Dr. Dean Jaubert, the pros and cons of the DSB (Deep Sand Bed) both with and without a plenum have been discussed. The DSB was created to help reduce Nitrates, but are there some drawbacks? Here is a quick overview of both sides of the debate.

Notes on Nitrate (NO3)
From the FINS Reefkeeper's FAQs, some brief notes on nitrate, how it is measured, and what levels are considered to be acceptable.

Old Tank Syndrome
From Aquatics Unlimited, this article by James Kostich addresses the problem of how an unwary aquarist is most likely to be rudely awakened to "Old Tank Syndrome" when he or she attempts to add new fish to an existing collection, because high nitrates have been allowed to accumulate due to poor maintenance care.

Probiotics in Your Marine Aquarium
What the heck is "Probiotics"? Simply: it is the opposite of "antibiotics." The objective of antibiotics, as you know, is to kill certain bacteria. The objective of probiotics (also known as the Vodka Method), on the other hand, is to promote the growth of certain bacteria in which will quickly and effectively reduce nitrates and phosphates in...

Have You Used Probiotics?
Have You Used Probiotics? - Your Experience With Probiotics? Sometimes call the "Vodka Method for Nitrate (NO3) Reduction", this method has been used by saltwater aquarists to reduce both Nitrate (NO3) and Phosphate (PO3) for some time. If you have used this method, we would like to share your experience with others. See submissions See submissions

Have You Tried the "Vodka Method"?
Have You Tried the "Vodka Method"?

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