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Originally Posted by Tracy Bird View Post
Originally Posted by katmandew View Post
I have an overstocked African Peacock/Hap setup which produces a high level of nitrates so I change the water all the time... There's a reason I have high nitrates - I'm overstocked .... But I don't find a reason why you would have such high numbers.
I hope you keep us posted on what you uncover...
Have fun and be PATIENT!
Read through this thread, and you've got lots of good advise. I feel for you having nitrates in your tapwater. Ugh! I'm a big believer in keeping nitrates low. My freshwater tank (with plants) would get to about 10ppm each week, (prior to water change) and I tried something new. I bought Kent Marine Nitrate sponge (Amazon carries it, so would most fish stores). It's for fresh or saltwater. Buy a filter sock and put this stuff in your filter in a filter sock. It takes weeks to work, but it does! I used to do 50% water changes, and by the end of the week would have a nitrate reading at 10-15ppm. Now I only take out 5 gallons (it's a 43 gallon tank) each week, and my nitrates don't go about 5ppm. It's good stuff. The other thing I do every week is take out my Aquaclear filter, and rinse/squeeze out (in old tank water) all my filter media. I can't believe the gunk that comes out of the sponges. I use that water for house plants - they love it! Your tank is newer than mine, so you may not get as much from your sponges, but each week, rinsing out all your filter media (not replacing it) can help too. I feed my fish way more than I ever used to, and these 2 changes (product called "Kent Nitrate Sponge" and each week rinsing out my sponges has really helped me.
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