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post #1 of 8 Old 03-09-2012, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone. I'm new to this forum I have a decent amount of knowledge on cichlid keeping. Currently I have 13 Victorian cichlids in a 45 and 55 gallon. I will be looking to breed these fish soon. Recently though I have been having trouble keeping my NO3 down in the 45 gallon was wondering if anyone had some suggestions. Thanks

45 & 55 gallon Haplochromis sp. Nyererei "red flank" 4. Haplochromis obliquiden thick skin "red fin" 3. Astatotilapia latifasciata zebra 6
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-09-2012, 07:12 PM
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small water changes will help with the nitrates. it might not be a bad idea to test your source water too, as you may be adding high nitrates to your water to begin with.

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post #3 of 8 Old 03-09-2012, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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I have been doing water changes almost everyday today I did 50% and still really high I also have trying to get it lower with aquel+

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post #4 of 8 Old 03-09-2012, 07:19 PM
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if its not coming from your source of water then you might need to cut back on your feeding.

less food = less left over food = less fish and food waste
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post #5 of 8 Old 03-09-2012, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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I was looking into getting a nitrate filter Or making my own because like you said it may be my source water since I'm on well water

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post #6 of 8 Old 03-13-2012, 07:46 PM
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Welcome to the Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

Test your source water (well you said) for nitrates; this is comon with agricultural runoff. Knowing where they are coming from will help in dealing with them.

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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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post #7 of 8 Old 03-14-2012, 09:06 AM
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hello and welcome.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #8 of 8 Old 03-16-2012, 06:19 PM
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Hello and welcome to TFK as others have suggested I would test your water from the tap to see if nitrates are present there, it will help to give you a better idea of what you need to do to help lower your nitrates.
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