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post #1 of 6 Old 08-26-2009, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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High nitrate levels

My nitrate level are very high but the rest of my parameters are fine I do water changes weekly and keep up on my general tank maintenance my tank is a 45 gallon and it has 2 guppies, 7 cory cats, 1 rainbow shark, 3 mollies and 2 fw puffer fish any help would be greatly appreciated
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-26-2009, 12:26 PM
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Have you checked your water supply? I remember Twistersmom had a nitrate reading from her tap water. Maybe check that?

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post #3 of 6 Old 08-26-2009, 12:27 PM
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Test your tap water for nitrates, if that is not the problem, doing larger water changes or changing water out twice a week should help lower.

How much water do you normally change out? Are you careful to not over feed?



You beat me to it! Yes, the nitrates in my tap water fluctuate on any given day.

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post #4 of 6 Old 08-26-2009, 02:52 PM
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Agree with previous posts, but I'm wondering just what you mean by "high"? Can you give us the number for nitrates? They may not actually be too high...

If it is high, there has to be a reason. And the answer you give to Twistermom's question on water changes will help us on this.

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P.S. Are there live plants in the aquarium?

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I've checked my tap water and that's fine i usually do anywhere from a 25-50% water changes after my water change yesterday it went down i'm also gonna cut back on feeding for a week or so and see if that brings it down thanks for the help
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I've checked my tap water and that's fine i usually do anywhere from a 25-50% water changes after my water change yesterday it went down i'm also gonna cut back on feeding for a week or so and see if that brings it down thanks for the help

Of course nitrates will be less after a pwc, that's one main reason we all do them, but if the nitrates are within the normal range to begin with there is no problem.

I'm sorry, but we can't help you without the nitrate numbers. How do you know it's high? It may not be, for all we know, and reducing feeding your fish for a week probably won't help and could cause other problems.

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