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my nitrate has always been 40-50, i have never been able to get it down, i went to a different pet store and the guy advised i test tap water(which i should have thought about ages ago!!) anyways so, my water from the tap reads 50 on nitrates, so i guess thats my problem! how do i tackle this?
Well you could always switch over to reverse osmosis or distilled water and that would eliminate the problem. Assuming you don't want to do go through that trouble the next step would be to add a bunch of live plants to your tank to help take out the nitrates.
If you use one of these nitragons it will remove most nitrate from your tapwater..see below
The gbr might be a bit sensitive to the nitrates...not sure though as none of my tanks ever top 10 ppm in terms of nitrates. Wisteria would probably be a good choice...definitely doesn't require co2 or high lighting and grows rapidly which will help with nitrates. I'll post up a picture of it in a few minutes.
i already use an aqua clear product for water changes, i just cant get the nitrates down, my gbr is doin really well, mor so than the bolivian if i may say so, also i do not want fertiliser etc etc. i really didnt want live plants but i need to sort this out asap. will a planted 1 do?
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