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post #1 of 17 Old 02-15-2009, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Hi I have a 55 gallon tank with 2 tinfoil barbs, 2 pangasius catfish, 3 silver dollars, 2 angelfish, and 1 CAE. I had high nitrates for a while but I got it down to about 30-40 ppm with water changes. But my nitrites are over 10.0 ppm. How do I get them down.
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post #2 of 17 Old 02-15-2009, 07:24 PM
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Hi I have a 55 gallon tank with 2 tinfoil barbs, 2 pangasius catfish, 3 silver dollars, 2 angelfish, and 1 CAE. I had high nitrates for a while but I got it down to about 30-40 ppm with water changes. But my nitrites are over 10.0 ppm. How do I get them down.
Umm, I don't think fish will live w/ 10 ppm nitrites, but do 50% water changes daily. It will lower nitrates and nitrites. Which test kit are you using?

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I agree with sj45...10.0 ppm is a huge number and I wouldn't think any fish could survive that. With numbers lilke that I would have redone the test, just to be sure, then I would have done an immediate 50% water change. Is this an API test kit you are using??

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What test kit is this? Ditch the test strips and switch to API liquid.

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post #5 of 17 Old 02-16-2009, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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Im using 6 in 1 jungle dip test strips.
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Mmmmm..that would explain the readings. Test strips are highly inaccurate. Any chance you can get a liquid test kit??

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post #7 of 17 Old 02-16-2009, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Most likely not, but the man a petco said these would be just as accurate as the liquid testers.
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post #8 of 17 Old 02-16-2009, 05:37 PM
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LFS are purveyors of misinformation, sorry to burst your bubble.

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post #9 of 17 Old 02-16-2009, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Well I did a water change and the nitrites are at about 3.0-5.0
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post #10 of 17 Old 02-16-2009, 06:33 PM
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That could be 0, that could be 7ppm. We have no idea. Test strips do not give off anything reliable.
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