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Originally Posted by FishMad View Post
On the filter, these fish prefer quiet water with little flow. Make sure you direct the filter outflow against the end wall, and have it less rather than more. Depends upon your tank and everything, but a minimal flow is better with these sedate fish. If you noticed in that video, the water is quiet still and the fish remain along the banks (the slowest flow in streams) among the branches which further breaks the water movement.
On the nitrates, they may do no harm at 40ppm to most fish, but they should be kept at 20ppm or lower. Plants will achieve this f the fish load is in balance. Regular (weekly) partial water changes also work to maintain stability in nitrates and other issues. 50% weekly will do no harm. Nitrate at 40ppm after a water change is not good. Have you tested the tap water for nitrate? Some does contain nitrates. And if you use the API liquid nitrate test, shake regent #2 for 2+ minutes, not just 30 seconds as in the instructions; otherwise you may well have inaccurate and high readings.
Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]
Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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