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peterman 02-15-2009 04:56 PM

High nitrites
 
Hi I have a 55 gallon tank with 2 tinfoil barbs, 2 pangasius catfish, 3 silver dollars, 2 angelfish, and 1 CAE. I had high nitrates for a while but I got it down to about 30-40 ppm with water changes. But my nitrites are over 10.0 ppm. How do I get them down.

Sj45 02-15-2009 07:24 PM

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Originally Posted by peterman (Post 171891)
Hi I have a 55 gallon tank with 2 tinfoil barbs, 2 pangasius catfish, 3 silver dollars, 2 angelfish, and 1 CAE. I had high nitrates for a while but I got it down to about 30-40 ppm with water changes. But my nitrites are over 10.0 ppm. How do I get them down.

Umm, I don't think fish will live w/ 10 ppm nitrites, but do 50% water changes daily. It will lower nitrates and nitrites. Which test kit are you using?

aunt kymmie 02-16-2009 01:10 AM

I agree with sj45...10.0 ppm is a huge number and I wouldn't think any fish could survive that. With numbers lilke that I would have redone the test, just to be sure, then I would have done an immediate 50% water change. Is this an API test kit you are using??

Lupin 02-16-2009 07:33 AM

What test kit is this? Ditch the test strips and switch to API liquid.

peterman 02-16-2009 10:51 AM

Im using 6 in 1 jungle dip test strips.

aunt kymmie 02-16-2009 12:03 PM

Mmmmm..that would explain the readings. Test strips are highly inaccurate. Any chance you can get a liquid test kit??

peterman 02-16-2009 03:00 PM

Most likely not, but the man a petco said these would be just as accurate as the liquid testers.

Lupin 02-16-2009 05:37 PM

LFS are purveyors of misinformation, sorry to burst your bubble.

peterman 02-16-2009 06:26 PM

Well I did a water change and the nitrites are at about 3.0-5.0

Cody 02-16-2009 06:33 PM

That could be 0, that could be 7ppm. We have no idea. Test strips do not give off anything reliable.


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