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Originally Posted by fish_4_all
although some fish can withstand quite a bit, 160 is almost off the charts on most testing units. While the fish may survive through it, it's definitely not an ideal situation and can easily open fish up to potential diseases. I could probbaly survive in the sewer but I sure as heck don't want to I try to keep my tank under 40ppm. If Nitrate is a huge concern of yours, adding live plants can help maintain the levels and extra aeration can help too, since nitrate will dissipate from the surface of the water.
well its a very small ammount that actually dissipates out of the water and turning the air on won't keep you from having to do water changes. In nature though, Nitrate that builds up is generally consumed by plants and algea, broken down by anaerobic denitrifying bacteria, or dissipated from the surface of the water. Plants do a lot better job of keeping nitrates down and nothing beats a water change.
Also keep in mind too that many water treatment chemicals claim to detoxify ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. They do this by changing the molecular compount of the chemical. Some testing units will still show nitrate even though it is a detoxified form of it. Your tap water may not be as bad as you think it is after you add a good water conditioner.
lol, thank you. I'm not sure what testing products work best but I do know that if you use chemicals to detoxify elements in your tank, they may still show up on tests. Regardless, you should never rely on chemicals to keep your tank maintained, water changes and maintaining good bacteria levels are the most important.
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