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robin623 09-25-2012 02:00 AM

Can I Lower Nitrites without chemicals???
 
Nitrite level in the stress zone. I did a water change to see if I could rectify the problem. How long after can I use the strips to perform the test to see if the change has occurred. I dont want to lose any fish so any help can help.

My levels were good a few days ago and the only thing that I did was add a UV sterilizer. Should I shut it down for a few days to see if there is a change? The water is crisp and crystal clear and all of the fish seem to be healthy and happy no apparent stress at the moment. What made me look into the test and water change was that my Ruby Green (Haplochromis) was not as vibrant and brilliant as he has been for the past week.

Any help

marshallsea 09-25-2012 02:17 AM

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Originally Posted by robin623 (Post 1256005)
Nitrite level in the stress zone. I did a water change to see if I could rectify the problem. How long after can I use the strips to perform the test to see if the change has occurred. I dont want to lose any fish so any help can help.

My levels were good a few days ago and the only thing that I did was add a UV sterilizer. Should I shut it down for a few days to see if there is a change? The water is crisp and crystal clear and all of the fish seem to be healthy and happy no apparent stress at the moment. What made me look into the test and water change was that my Ruby Green (Haplochromis) was not as vibrant and brilliant as he has been for the past week.

Any help

How old is your tank? You should invest in an API liquid test kit, they may be a little more expensive but they last for a long time. Strips are very inaccurate and useless. Assuming your tank is new(uncycled) with fish in it , you need to be doing daily water changes. Clean and clear water is not an indication of healthy water.Water changes will bring down ammonia , nitrites and nitrates.

AbbeysDad 09-25-2012 08:31 AM

Marshall is correct....you need to follow that advice. Also, I've never used a UV sterilizer, but I certainly would not use one when cycling a new tank. Wait and optionally use that after that tank has matured.

marshallsea 09-25-2012 10:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by robin623 (Post 1256005)
Nitrite level in the stress zone. I did a water change to see if I could rectify the problem. How long after can I use the strips to perform the test to see if the change has occurred. I dont want to lose any fish so any help can help.

My levels were good a few days ago and the only thing that I did was add a UV sterilizer. Should I shut it down for a few days to see if there is a change? The water is crisp and crystal clear and all of the fish seem to be healthy and happy no apparent stress at the moment. What made me look into the test and water change was that my Ruby Green (Haplochromis) was not as vibrant and brilliant as he has been for the past week.

Any help

BTW, what is the purpose of a UV sterilizer?

Byron 09-25-2012 01:01 PM

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Originally Posted by marshallsea (Post 1256192)
BTW, what is the purpose of a UV sterilizer?

This may answer your question:
UV Sterilization - What Is It, and How Are UV Sterilizers Used in Saltwater Marine Aquariums

While this klills bacteria, it does so in the water column, not on surfaces in the tank, so on its own I would not expect it to be causing a rise in nitrites. But as others mentioned, we haven't got all the data on this tank, so this may be initial cycling or it may be a different problem.


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