02-27-2011, 11:45 AM
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[quote=Lupin;603779]40 ppm nitrate on tap? That's high but expected in agricultural areas. Time to use some marginal plants that can quickly absorb the excess nitrate. The conditioners that claim to remove nitrate only detoxify nitrate, NOT remove it. Anaerobic bacteria can convert to nitrate to nitrogen gas or hydrogen sulfide, the final byproduct on nitrogen cycle, however, it is not encouraged mostly as it is deadly except perhaps in planted and marine setups. Lupin, thank you for responding, I really appreciate you taking the time to share your knowledge with me. I glad I was right, I was sure I was but then started to doubt myself! What marginal plants would you suggest in a brackish tank (S.G. currently 0.004 raising by 0.002 each week until at 0.008) Where do I buy these, online? Can you suggest anywhere? I've got 4 x Java Ferns but my fishy friends have taken an instant dislike to the new addition in their tank and keep biting loads of holes in the leaves then spitting them out! Just so I'm clear in my head, would you suggest not using Prime, keep water changing every 3 days (will this stress the fish?) and buying some more plants? Should I continue to suck up poo and detritis each time - am I right in my thinking that these lead to higher nitrates? Nitrate on tap - 40ppm (shook the bottles for 2 minutes as suggested by Byron) API Kit used was a marine as I was advised to use this due to the salt in my water (use marine salt)
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