nitrate and gh problem
i have a problem with my nitrate and gh being high, i read alot about adding chemicals to the water and everyone saying not to ive just brought a new filter the new nexx , my nitrates have come down but are still a 100, is there anything i can to do, pleas help
I think the safest way to adjust GH and nitrate if they're high in your tap water is to look into RO water. You can buy a RO system, which can be quite pricey, or most places that sell fish also sell RO water by the gallon, which you can mix in with your regular water to slowly bring the levels down. I've never had to do this before, so hopefully someone else will stop by to give you more specific instructions on how to do things this way...
If your nitrates are NOT high out of tap, then you have to look to your tank to fix the problems there, you may be overstocked or perhaps need to change your cleaning routine around a bit. . . more details would help :)
I bought a water filter to use on my kitchen sink for my aquariums. That cuts some of the guess work in figuring if the aqua is safe.
You can also make your own Media Filter to help add more of the good bacteria to safely break down the food and waste.
What size of aquarium are you working with?
I don't know much about salt water systems, but have you tried a water softening pillow? And as for nitrates keep in mind if the chemicals you are adding say chelated (not sure if I got the spelling right) this means the substance you want is loosely bonded to a large ORGANIC molecule. It has to break down otherwise known as decay to release the desired substance for use by your tank's inhabitants. Once it is free so is the organic molecule to decay and mess up your tank.
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