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Old 02-15-2009, 05:56 PM   #1
 
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High nitrites

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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Old 02-15-2009, 08:24 PM   #2
 
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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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Old 02-16-2009, 02:10 AM   #3
 
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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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Old 02-16-2009, 08:33 AM   #4
 
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What test kit is this? Ditch the test strips and switch to API liquid.
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Old 02-16-2009, 11:51 AM   #5
 
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Im using 6 in 1 jungle dip test strips.
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Old 02-16-2009, 01:03 PM   #6
 
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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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Old 02-16-2009, 04:00 PM   #7
 
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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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Old 02-16-2009, 06:37 PM   #8
 
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LFS are purveyors of misinformation, sorry to burst your bubble.
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Old 02-16-2009, 07:26 PM   #9
 
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Well I did a water change and the nitrites are at about 3.0-5.0
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Old 02-16-2009, 07:33 PM   #10
 
That could be 0, that could be 7ppm. We have no idea. Test strips do not give off anything reliable.
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