Dosing Nitrate, whats the best method?

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Hi all.

Struggling to find actual instructions on how to dose nitrate in an aquarium.

I have setup a new 600L Triton method aquarium with a large algae bed and its starting to become over powered, ripping my nutrients out too quick. I have added the NO3 Beta from Triton but its £25 for 100ml.

I live in the UK and cant find a good source of Sodium Nitrate other than this:

https://cheesemakingshop.co.uk/shop/ingredients/sodium-nitrate-nano3-1-litre/?gclid=CjwKCAiAws7uBRAkEiwAMlbZjuYf52cIl3eCklgF6ulNKeJ_NNuC2WaktkPnLcC5_2yv2ONeb8r78xoCSlMQAvD_BwE

Not sure if that's any good?

In the meantime i am lowering my refugium lighting hours to allow my nutrients to creep back up. Currently my NO3 is 1.0ppm and KO4 is 0.07ppm (with dosing nitrate). If i stop, the Nitrate quickly drops to zero.
 
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Hi mate, instead of dosing perhaps just increase feeding/and make it daily? Then monitor how nitrates fluctuates by testing nitrates daily or every other day. Once nitrates is increased & stabilised then slowly cut down the feeding.
 

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Stump remover worked really well for me.

 
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I have my refugium only on for 6 hours now and it’s stripping out the nutrients too quick.

I am feeding lots of food each day and it’s not raising nitrates.

Anyone know where I can get some stump killer or sodium nitrate in the UK?
 
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I have my refugium only on for 6 hours now and it’s stripping out the nutrients too quick.

I am feeding lots of food each day and it’s not raising nitrates.

Anyone know where I can get some stump killer or sodium nitrate in the UK?
hi mate in the uk you can get sodium nitrate from Amazon
 

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Hi mate, instead of dosing perhaps just increase feeding/and make it daily? Then monitor how nitrates fluctuates by testing nitrates daily or every other day. Once nitrates is increased & stabilised then slowly cut down the feeding.
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hi mate in the uk you can get sodium nitrate from Amazon
You got a link? I can only find potassium nitrate.

As for the other suggestions, my fuge is on for just 6 hours atm. Don’t want to skim less to lose oxygenation in the water and I’m also currently feeding flake 4 times a day via an automatic feeder plus one frozen cube.

think I’m going to have to dose until I get more fish.
 

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You got a link? I can only find potassium nitrate.

As for the other suggestions, my fuge is on for just 6 hours atm. Don’t want to skim less to lose oxygenation in the water and I’m also currently feeding flake 4 times a day via an automatic feeder plus one frozen cube.

think I’m going to have to dose until I get more fish.
Sorry got busy at work and forgot to correct, on Amazon you can get potassium nitrate. It will be just as good
 
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