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Old 06-02-2011, 08:52 PM   #11
 
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There should be no need for more filtration or water movement with that stocking and plants. Have you tested the tap water for nitrate?

Also, for whatever it's worth, my other tank (approx 23 gal) with only one Blue Gourami and 3 oto cats always stays just at 10 ppm nitrates, and I figure it's because I don't tend to over feed (with only one fish that needs to "eat"). It also has plants, so I guess I still over feed the other tank. I want to get to where I see less nitrates in the larger tank, and think that perhaps buying more "stuff" will get me there. I'm open to doing that if it will help.

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Old 06-02-2011, 10:59 PM   #12
 
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When you test the tank, presumably using the API liquid test, are you shaking the bottle of Regent #2 for at least 2 minutes? The instructions say 30 seconds but many have found this results in an inaccurate (and high) result.
Thanks for that tidbit, Byron. I did not know that
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Old 06-03-2011, 01:19 AM   #13
 
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What percent of water do you change? perhaps you need to change out more water to keep your nitrates in check due to the heavier fish load in your larger tank. 20 ppm is not bad but if you want to get it lower changing out more water will help.
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Old 06-03-2011, 07:28 AM   #14
 
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What percent of water do you change? perhaps you need to change out more water to keep your nitrates in check due to the heavier fish load in your larger tank. 20 ppm is not bad but if you want to get it lower changing out more water will help.
I do a 50% WC (20 gal) and I'm a bit afraid to do more. I guess today I'll take out 25 gal, I just don't want to get a mini-cycle, but perhaps that can't happen just by taking out lots of water. Thanks!

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