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post #1 of 5 Old 01-06-2009, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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Got a testing kit


I just recieved my API Freshwater Master testing kit and I really like it. But I have a few questions. I have a ph reading of 7.4 on both my aquarium and water out of the tap, is this a problem? Must I get ph down to lower it to nuetral?

My next question is my rating for ammonia is 0, my rating for nitrite is 0, but my nitrate level is high 60 mg/L, How much of a water change should I do? I have been doing about 30-35% water changes of a 75 gallon aquarium about once per week lately, but before hadn't done them frequently enough.

My last and final questions are my LFS sold me Tetra EasyBalance with nitraban that is supposed to help with nitrate levels, does this stuff work? have any of you ever tried it?

Thanks in advance

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post #2 of 5 Old 01-06-2009, 11:59 PM
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Hi, Your Ph is fine. It's better to have a stable Ph than to try to mess with it. The fish will adjust.

Nitrates of 60 is pretty high. They should be kept under 40ppm with under 20ppm being preferred. Do water changes spaced a couple days apart until you get your nitrates down around 20ppm. Then you may want to start doing 50% weekly and see if that keeps the nitrates around 20. Also check your tap water to make sure you don't have any nitrates coming right from the tap.

I just use the regular Tetra AquaSafe for water changes. I haven't used the Easybalance. The best way to keep nitrates low is water changes.


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post #3 of 5 Old 01-07-2009, 12:29 AM
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i agree with everything you say except the 50% weekly water change may be alittle much at once. i personally would do 20-30% weekly and if you really having a problem do even smaller water changes every 4-5 days instead of weekly.
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post #4 of 5 Old 01-07-2009, 02:52 AM
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I agree with 20 to 25 percent water changes. Maybe twice a week for a couple weeks then check nitrAte levels.Cutting down on amount of food can also help.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #5 of 5 Old 01-07-2009, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for your help I appreciate it

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