03-20-2013, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by beaslbob
FWIW, IME, IMHO and so on.
The following statement is absolutely true. The only reason you have measurable nitrates (or ammonia, or nitrites, or phosphates, or anything) is because your tank is not reducing those as they are being added or created.
Whether or not that results in a course of action is a completely seperate question.
In my case I just use plant life (Fw plants, marine algae) to achieve unmeasureable nitrates.
But that's just me and my.
I do have plants. Several amazon swords, a bunch of ludwigia, and tons of crypts. Plus duckweed. My stocking is also quite low, with only 5 kuhli loaches and 4 Harelquin rasboras in a 35g tank.
My nitrates have been between 5-10ppm for as long as I can remember (those colors can be really difficult to distinguish)