03-04-2010, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Promelas
whoops my bad, I meant to say nitrite in my previous post, not nitrate...NO2 not NO3!
I personally wouldn't expect any nitrite issues. The fact that you have had plants in this tank means they are using most of the ammonia and that is not going to change. The ammonia that doesn't get grabbed by the plants will feed nitrosomonas bacteria, but there are more bacteria in the aquarium on surfaces of plant leaves, wood, rock, substrate, tank walls, than in the filter, even in large aquaria. Removing the filter completely in any well-planted tank should have little or no effect on ammonia and nitrite levels.