01-10-2011, 06:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Lisar
Ah, lovely Nitrates How will we ever get along. I added 2 bala sharks to my tank (can't wait to get my 160 gallon dream tank) and the next day thought hey! I will check my Nitrates and Boom!! wow super dark red so I did a 50 percent water change and my boyfriend changed out the Carbon and Bio filter and put in clear max to help with those nitrates. 3 days later....today I did another 50 percent water change since I was still reading high and my boyfriend changed out bio max for new bio max and changed the carbon for zero carb and then changed out more carbon for clear max. The layers in my filter go 2 biomax on the top, 2 zero carb second and 2 clear max on the bottum. The tank is 47.5 Gallons, livestock is:
2 electric Yellow Cichlids
2 Bala Sharks
1 Blue Peacock Cichlid
They are all juveniles, and 60 gallon tank on the way to start my cichlid tank!
Now we play the waiting game, I have not had any deaths yet and next water change I am going to be cleaning all the plants. I think maybe I feed them too much, so tomorrow will be cutting their food for sure, they just always seem so desperate haha.
If you read this.... and can think of anything to save my @$$ please comment
Do you mean nitrite or nitrate? Nitrates are not an issue normally, unless very high. You don't give a number...
If you are using the API nitrate test kit, shake Regent #2 for 2+ minutes, not just the 30 seconds in the instructions. You can get false (high) readings otherwise.
When you post the nitrate number, we can offer advice.