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Old 09-09-2010, 01:47 PM   #11
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I think you're on track now, and I concur with 1077's comments. I would just say that for the future, a weekly partial water change of 40-50% is advisable (every week, once a week). Nitrates at 40ppm is not particularly serious, though most recommend keeping them at 20ppm or lower. With plants they will often be zero to 5 ppm. The more fish, the higher the nitrates proportionally. But with things settled, and weekly pwc, should be OK.

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Old 09-09-2010, 07:33 PM   #12
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I would like to add I have the Jungle strips and also the freshwater API master kit, and I generally trust the API kit more the the jungle strips, API has been giving me a reading of at least 40 and the strips of less then 20. Maybe I just got a bad set of strips but either way I will not be buying them again.
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:04 PM   #13
ok i have located the full problem to my nitrate issue. not only the fry in the filter but also a very large well rooted plant i had (and found out it was not ment to be in water damn the lfs) was dieing from the roots up and i only noticed this today as i noticed the stalks turning brown and mushy. i took out the entier root and plant and threw it out took out my fish and plants stired all my sand well let it settle then did a 70% water change. tomarrow ill test the water see how it is but the fish seem to still all be fine. just thought id share thankes for all your guys help =)
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