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This is a discussion on nitrate problem within the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> Originally Posted by fish_4_all 160 ppm is kinda high though leifthebunny, I have heard that any moderate exposure to levels over 80 ppm can ...

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Old 06-04-2007, 01:51 PM   #11
 
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160 ppm is kinda high though leifthebunny, I have heard that any moderate exposure to levels over 80 ppm can be harmful or even fatal to fish. OF course this depends on what kinda terst you are suing as to what levels you could see no effects from to the fish. When I used the test strips it seemed like it always read above 80ppm with no problems. But with my liquid regent test kit I have seen problems at 60-80ppm.
I've seen a couple of different things on this. Of the more credible sources, some fish can tolerate up to 800ppm, others (fry, babies, ...) as low as 200ppm before it starts becoming fatal. Fish prefer to be under 40ppm though. In the case of the 160ppm, I have seen angelfish in a tank with 160ppm with no adverse affects and the tank was fairly well planted.
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Old 06-09-2007, 12:15 PM   #12
 
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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.
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Old 06-09-2007, 03:32 PM   #13
 
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Plants will help but I have never heard of Nitrates dissipating out the surface of the water. Will have to find something on 6this because if it does I will have to turn my air back on in all my tanks
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Old 06-09-2007, 04:22 PM   #14
 
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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.
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Old 06-09-2007, 06:17 PM   #15
 
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i broght this up as my TAP WATER has a high nitrate level twwo of my tanks are planted two are not would those green balls survive in a very hard water setup? im told that they asorb nitrate well
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Old 06-09-2007, 06:32 PM   #16
 
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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.
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Old 06-11-2007, 01:46 PM   #17
 
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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.
This is a great post....
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Old 06-11-2007, 02:15 PM   #18
 
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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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