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post #1 of 11 Old 11-07-2010, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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nitrate question turn around

Hi all, my big tank has sky rocking nitrate ...80 just did a 35% water change about 20 gallons ..vaccumed and changed sponge and carbon......earlier this week my filter was acting up and I now know it was super Yucky....any way my question is how long before I see a turn around in the nitrate number? ..the PH is 7.... I tested after and the number is the same ......also had a black furry like algae on a plant ripped the leave off and got rid of that
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post #2 of 11 Old 11-07-2010, 12:49 PM
put more plants =)

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kitten I have 16 plants in there now... all growing well making off shoot plants... my plan is to add more grassy fore ground and a few taller back ground.....my nitrates never any where near this previously......do you think it could be any thing else? and shouldnt the number have changed with a water change? (need to up date photos)
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post #4 of 11 Old 11-07-2010, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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down to 20 at half time
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post #5 of 11 Old 11-07-2010, 03:46 PM
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Add lots more plants!"! Hope it gets better

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post #6 of 11 Old 11-07-2010, 10:56 PM
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When was the last time you had done a water change? And do you dose anything?

EDIT: Also, how old is your test kit? They start getting wacky after a couple months.
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post #7 of 11 Old 11-08-2010, 02:38 AM
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Weekly water changes are the best way to control nitrAtes assuming you are not dosing anything that would increase the Nitrogen levels.
High nitrates can also be a result of overstocked tank or over feeding.Again,,water changes will dilute ,remove,that which is contributing to the nitrAte levels.
Might measure the nitrAte levels in tapwater as well to see if levels there are contributing to the readings you are getting.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #8 of 11 Old 11-08-2010, 07:53 AM
lol we want a jungle scene.jk. frequent water changes and less left over food will do wonders in lowering the nitrate just like 1077 said

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4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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post #9 of 11 Old 11-10-2010, 08:25 PM
20 ppm is fine for nitrate.

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post #10 of 11 Old 11-10-2010, 08:43 PM
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I second checking your tap water for nitrates too. Ours has always been zip, but I recently tested one of my tanks and nearly fell over to see it at 40 (with my discus, no less!). Testing the tap water showed that it's suddenly spiked to around 40ppm. It's temporary because of either the recent rainfall or because I live in an agricultural area, but it's still a PITA.
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