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HELP with constant high nitrates
Old 07-11-2013, 09:52 PM   #21
 
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FROM THE API WEBSITE : Directions for Testing Nitrate

Read the test results by matching the color of the solution against those on the Nitrate Test Color Chart.

The tube should be viewed against the white area beside the color chart.

Color comparisons are best made in a well-lit area.

The closest match indicates the ppm (mg/L) of nitrate in the water sample.

The problem is that it doesn't specify if the tube should be pressed directly against the white part of the chart or held back.... The closer you bring it to the chart the darker it is going to get...

I personally have the best luck just looking at the color in good light, I don't really hold it against anything white.. you can't tell if its 10-20 but you can tell the difference in 10 and 80.

For your personal sanity, I still think you should take a sample to your LFS and get them to provide an opinion....

It can be hard to read some of the results, but once you hit 5 million tests, like me, you'll have it down... For some weird reason I love to test and keep track of my water params....
Yea the closer to the chart or I should say the closer you press it to the white area, the darker it gets. Just holding it up to the light it's orange around the 20 mark, holding AGAINST the chart it's red at the 80 mark. I think you're right I should just get the LFS to tell me what they think. I personally don't think it's at 80, no way! Everything is going to well to be so high :)
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:58 PM   #22
 
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I personally don't think it's at 80, no way! Everything is going to well to be so high :)
Yes, I agree... You tank seems very well managed and you seem very responsible, heck your testing your water - that's great!!!!

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...
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:06 AM   #23
 
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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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Old 07-12-2013, 07:01 PM   #24
 
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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.

Gwen
Oh I use my old tank water to water my tomatoes!!! great minds think alike :)
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