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Old 10-23-2009, 06:56 AM   #11
 
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[quote=Jack Middleton;262199]400ppm is safe,science confirms this!



1. I hate crappy hobby test kits which are not even accurate, they're as good as a chocolate fire place.


This made me chuckle.
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Old 10-23-2009, 07:51 AM   #12
 
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I thought one of the main reasons we did water changes was to remove the nitrates? The "nitrogen cycle" states that ammonia is converted to nitrItes and nitrItes are converted to nitrAtes. And the nitrates are removed via water changes.
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Old 10-23-2009, 08:00 AM   #13
 
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Yes water changes are done to remove the nitrates so they dont reach levels that are damaging to our fish (which is recommended below 40). There will/should always be some nitrates as this is part of the cycle of the tank. As long as you continue to do partial weekly water changes, your levels should be ok. The more fish you have and the more you feed them contributes to the rising nitrates. Feed less and continue water changes to make sure you nitrate does not go over 20. Good Luck
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Old 10-23-2009, 08:11 AM   #14
 
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I thought one of the main reasons we did water changes was to remove the nitrates? The "nitrogen cycle" states that ammonia is converted to nitrItes and nitrItes are converted to nitrAtes. And the nitrates are removed via water changes.
one of the reasons, but another is to replace trace minerals that fish require to stay healthy
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Old 10-23-2009, 12:53 PM   #15
 
I wish I had 10ppm of nitrates in the tank. Thats a great reading IMO. I get 20ppm out of the tap/well. Average 40ppm in the tanks, which are all hi-tech planted. I agree too that even liquid nitrate kits are really useless. Anything about 20ppm is a guess IMO. I only know the tap water is 20ppm because we have it lab tested once a year. I use to dose full EI ferts which threw the nitrate really high 40-80ppm. I've since cut the KNO3 from what I dose.

I don't have any health issues w/ fish, but I can't hatch any fish eggs for the life of me. Dunno if its the hard water/nitrate/too much light ect... They all go cloudy on me.
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