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Old 03-19-2009, 12:28 PM   #1
 
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so i have 3 tanks 2 of them the nitrates were 5.0 ppm and my 50 gal read 10.0 ppm. ammonia read 0 on all three, ph was 7.6 and the 50 gal was 7.2, nitrites were 0 in all three. should i do a water change. i did change the gravel for sand yesterday is this going to have an ill affect?
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Old 03-19-2009, 04:30 PM   #2
 
Those are ideal levels. Did you use a liquid test kit?
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Old 03-20-2009, 07:31 AM   #3
 
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You're okay. Keep monitoring your parameters and do a water change wherever necessary.
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Old 03-20-2009, 06:39 PM   #4
 
You're doing fine :D. Keep it up!
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Old 03-21-2009, 08:54 AM   #5
 
kool thanks... is the reason the nitrates are higher in the 50 gal is that it is a lager tank with more water?
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Old 03-25-2009, 06:58 PM   #6
 
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kool thanks... is the reason the nitrates are higher in the 50 gal is that it is a lager tank with more water?
kinda sorta. you have more waste production this particular setup. 20-40ppm is about the max you want for nitrates. if your tank is heavily plants keep the nitrates at or above 10ppm.
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