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Old 02-08-2013, 02:19 PM   #11
 
Yeah I been trying to figure it out... I made a new thread just for Nitrate and tap. But Byron seems to think it could be due to high Nitrate in tap for my BGA. so now it's a matter of fixing the problem. I am going to day to buy more plants. so hopefully The more plants i get the better.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:30 PM   #12
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Yeah I been trying to figure it out... I made a new thread just for Nitrate and tap. But Byron seems to think it could be due to high Nitrate in tap for my BGA. so now it's a matter of fixing the problem. I am going to day to buy more plants. so hopefully The more plants i get the better.
Yes, the plants can help but those levels are so high that you need to filter them out. I looked for the thread but had no luck. I know I saw the nitrate absorbing filter media at my LFS but didn't figure I would need it. Some sort of absorbent resin material.

I think Abbeysdad has the same problem and may chime in.

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Old 02-08-2013, 02:32 PM   #13
 
Yeah i looked on his profile trying to find his thread Byron had told meto check it out. But I couldn't find it. I might Send Him a PM to See what he says.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:44 PM   #14
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bga can be caused by lack of nitrates. yes, do check your nitrates....
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:48 PM   #15
 
Well my Nitrate in my tank stay at 10-20 ppm. My tap how ever is 30-40 ppm.
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:40 PM   #16
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bga can be caused by lack of nitrates. yes, do check your nitrates....
Where have you ever read this? One possible cause is increased nitrates.... certainly not lack of nitrates.

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Old 02-08-2013, 03:42 PM   #17
 
Yeah it's funny Jeff I been doing so much research on BGA and i have read that High nitrate will help kill it. But from what i am learning with my tank i think It actually Makes It worse.
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:11 PM   #18
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Seeing as they are actually nitrate (and phosphate) eaters... loosely speaking... they are probably responsible for your tank nitrates lowering to 10-20ppm as you keep dosing them with 30-40ppm water. It makes me wonder why anyone would take the chance of trying to overfeed them with nitrates.... what ppm do you need to get to to kill them and how bad are your fish going to fare as a result.

If it didn't mess with your fish you might consider using RO water for your changes until you figure out how to remove the nitrates. I think you will make out much better starving the buggers than over feeding them.

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Old 02-08-2013, 04:21 PM   #19
 
Yeah when i first set the tank up i did 50/50 ro bottle with tap. But problem was cost. I can't afford a RO unit. and I can't keep buying bottled water. I been looking a Seachem De-nitrate putting it in my filter. it is an alternative. not a good one. but one none the less. and your right about BGA eating the Nitrate. I did research on BGA in ponds. and that's what it uses to grow.

But another reason i don't want to use Ro bottle water is it will lower my pH. Everything has a cause and effect. can't do one thing with out affecting something else.
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:28 PM   #20
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Yah, that's what I meant about messing with your fish.
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