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do live plants or filters get rid of nitrites?
Old 05-07-2014, 06:23 PM   #1
 
do live plants or filters get rid of nitrites?

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I have fluval 406 filter with advanced filtration system. I also have loads of live plants in the tank. I wanted to find out if any of this helps lower the level of nitrites or water change is the only thing that helps?
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:36 PM   #2
 
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Live plants help a bit, yes. Filters help provided they have beneficial bacteria(which you get during the cycling process) in them to eat it and convert it to nitrates, which live plants also help keep down a bit. =)
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Old 05-08-2014, 02:44 AM   #3
 
That makes sense :) It seems like I got the order wrong. For some reason I thought its nitrates to nitrites. If its nitrates at the end than it means that plants will most likely use them as its food for them.
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Old 05-08-2014, 05:54 AM   #4
 
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It seems like I got the order wrong. For some reason I thought its nitrates to nitrites. .
Trust me, you're not the only one who confuses them. It took me a while before I figured out what was what and spelling it like NitrIte and NitrAte didn't help. lol
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Old 05-08-2014, 07:40 AM   #5
 
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Bacteria consumes ammonia and nitrite. Plants consume ammonia and nitrate.
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