06-30-2012, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Mikaila31
If your water wasn't so hard I would prefer it over my current tap of 0ppm nitrate lol. Nitrate has very low to no risk at the levels you are dealing with. My mom runs a licensed daycare out of their house and the well there is 25ppm nitrate. I often ran tanks at 40+ ppm nitrate when I lived there.
Nitrate pollution is very common through-out the US. Especially if you live in agricultural areas. No tap water is perfect. My current tap has a radium level of 4.5 where max limit is 5
. I am very sketchy on the chances of nitrate posing a significant risk of cancer. Correlation does not prove causation issues. So many things 'can' possible give you cancer supposedly. Too much sun can give you cancer, too little can possibly give you cancer too along with vitamin D deficiencies. As far as drinking RO water I would be careful with that. AFAKI you should not drink straight RO that has not been remineralized as it leeches minerals out of your body.
If you wish to control nitrates IMO increase lighting if possible so you get more plant growth. A number of the plants you got from me are good nitrate sponges. Most fish are very tollerable of nitrate levels up too 100+ppm. I personally had GBR spawn in a tank with 40ppm nitrate. The tank normally had levels lower then that, it wasn't until I neglected water changes for two weeks that they ended up spawning. If they were bothered by those levels they would not of spawned.
Yeah it is hard :/ I totally wish I had soft water.
So what you are saying Mika is that my Nitrate issue is not that bad?
I agree, Correlation does not prove causation, that is why I want to do more research on the topic but I did want to state as it seemed to be a recurring subject in the Nitrate articles I have been reading.
Luckily the water has been re-mineralogical, it is bottled water :D.
Thanks Mika, you make me feel relieved on the Nitrate issue.
Do you know if mixing the remineralized R.O with the tap water will make the water softer for the Rams, Neons and Cories?