Nitrate buildup - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 2Likes
  • 1 Post By Jeffrey
  • 1 Post By marshallsea
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 08-24-2013, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
fishkid's Avatar
 
Nitrate buildup

I have a 46 gallon that's pretty much just had a few (around 3) endlers and huge amounts of jungle Val for the past year. Haven't changed the water in this time. Should I beware of nitrate buildup and change the water before adding new fish or no? Endlers have just been living off of stuff growing in the tank; I haven't been feeding them.


Sent from Petguide.com Free App

Everything happens for a reason, but the reason isn't always good.
fishkid is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 08-24-2013, 11:40 AM
Member
 
Boredomb's Avatar
 
Well unless you do water changes the nitrates will eventually go up unless you have fast growing plants that will use it up before it does start getting high.

Water changes are really best to do for the reason of removing nitrates and other stuff that will buildup over time in the water some of which cant be removed any other way.

Boredomb is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 08-24-2013, 07:24 PM
Member
 
I've never witnessed nitrate buildup in any of my planted tanks, ever. I guess it could still happen, but as lightly stocked as yours is I doubt it. However, you should still be doing water changes regularly anyway. I can't see any reason why you shouldn't just go ahead and do a water change before getting new arrivals as a precaution.
Tracy Bird likes this.
Jeffrey is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 08-24-2013, 10:16 PM
Member
 
marshallsea's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by fishkid View Post
I have a 46 gallon that's pretty much just had a few (around 3) endlers and huge amounts of jungle Val for the past year. Haven't changed the water in this time. Should I beware of nitrate buildup and change the water before adding new fish or no? Endlers have just been living off of stuff growing in the tank; I haven't been feeding them.


Sent from Petguide.com Free App
Maybe your endlers are conditioned to your water and new fish may be shocked in your water. Do a few small water changes so you don't shock the endlers but it will make your water more livable for new fish. Assuming your water is high in nitrates, of course.
1077 likes this.

Consider the needs of your fish before acting on your desires.
marshallsea is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 08-27-2013, 01:19 PM
Member
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by fishkid View Post
I have a 46 gallon that's pretty much just had a few (around 3) endlers and huge amounts of jungle Val for the past year. Haven't changed the water in this time. Should I beware of nitrate buildup and change the water before adding new fish or no? Endlers have just been living off of stuff growing in the tank; I haven't been feeding them.


Sent from Petguide.com Free App

No.

In planted tank nitrate spikes could mean the plants are consuming ammonia instead of nitrates. Then as aerobic bacteria build and start consuming ammonia the plant start consuming nitrates and the nitrates drop.

As long as the fish are doing fine I wouldn't worry.

although I would not add food for a week or so after adding new fish.


my .02

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
beaslbob is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 08-27-2013, 02:01 PM
Member
 
jaysee's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by marshallsea View Post
Maybe your endlers are conditioned to your water and new fish may be shocked in your water. Do a few small water changes so you don't shock the endlers but it will make your water more livable for new fish. Assuming your water is high in nitrates, of course.
Agreed 1000%.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
jaysee is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 08-28-2013, 06:07 AM
JDM
Member
 
JDM's Avatar
 
I have over twenty fish in a 37 gallon and, even over longish periods between water changes, the nitrates never go above 5ppm, often they remain at zero.

I'd suggest testing the water so you know where the levels might be first, water change anyway as there are other things that can build up other then nitrates. Also, the water parameters may be very different in there now than the source water was. You should know where it is at before adding new fish as it may not be suitable for their requirements.

Jeff


Total years fish keeping experience: 7 months, can't start counting in years for a while yet.

The shotgun approach to a planted tank with an LED fixture

Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc
JDM is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 08-28-2013, 07:20 AM
Member
 
1077's Avatar
 
I would not do very large water change if tank water is year old ,and fishes are present.
The sudden change in pH, but more importantly hardness,could have negative effect on the fish who have adapted to present condition's.
Best to do small daily, or every other day 25 to 35 % water changes over a week, and work your way up to larger water changes.
This will help prevent osmotic shock.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
1077 is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Safe ways of getting rid of lime buildup. KrisRogers Member Submitted Articles 1 01-19-2009 01:23 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome