04-06-2012, 04:20 PM
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Hey I live near Cambridge uk and have the same problem with my tap water, 40+ ppm straight out of the tap...nuts. But my tank water sits around 5ppm.
According to replies in previous post I've made about the same issue, it helps a great deal to have live plants in your tank, they eat up the nitrates, well the ammonia too apparently. And I have quite a few live plants, so they must be doing something!!!
I was concerned about taking out 20ppm water to replace it with 40ppm water from the tap, but when you do water changes it's not just the nitrates your getting rid of, there's the crap of off the bottom, the dirty water, the nitrates.. But when you put fresh water in, your doing just that. your also topping up the ph buffer which should keep the ph level stable (so I have read somewhere, I am NO expert!! I'm a newbie!)
So from the advice I got, I figured it wasn't anything to stress about. I would get some live plants in that tank, if that is not an option then I guess using that nitrate remover is the way to go..
How does that work?
All the best