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post #1 of 16 Old 02-22-2007, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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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?
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post #2 of 16 Old 02-22-2007, 12:40 PM
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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.
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post #3 of 16 Old 02-22-2007, 01:14 PM
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40-50 is not a dangerous level unless you are keeping ultra sensative fish
i keep stingrays in london tap water which is 40-50 even higher sometimes
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post #4 of 16 Old 02-22-2007, 01:58 PM
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If you use one of these nitragons it will remove most nitrate from your tapwater..see below

http://www.fishathome.co.uk/resinfilters_nitragon.htm
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post #5 of 16 Old 02-22-2007, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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ok so i could do plants, i wouldnt want many tho, wat do u suggest? somethin that wont need co2??? also i dont think any of my fih r super sensitive tho i have a gbr and a bolivian, also a pair of denisoni barbs????
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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.
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post #7 of 16 Old 02-22-2007, 02:50 PM
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That is the top of my wisteria plant in my 37 gallon tank...maybe the top 3 or 4 inches out of the 14 inch tall plant.

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post #8 of 16 Old 02-22-2007, 04:26 PM
you could try buying some nitrate ridding chemicals that you put in your water before it goes in the tank like a dechlorinator, i dont know whats a good company though since ive never had this problem
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post #9 of 16 Old 02-22-2007, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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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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Wisteria shouldn't need any additional fertilizers.
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