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ghosty 03-19-2009 12:28 PM

nitrates
 
so i have 3 tanks 2 of them the nitrates were 5.0 ppm and my 50 gal read 10.0 ppm. ammonia read 0 on all three, ph was 7.6 and the 50 gal was 7.2, nitrites were 0 in all three. should i do a water change. i did change the gravel for sand yesterday is this going to have an ill affect?

Cody 03-19-2009 04:30 PM

Those are ideal levels. Did you use a liquid test kit?

Lupin 03-20-2009 07:31 AM

You're okay. Keep monitoring your parameters and do a water change wherever necessary.

plessans 03-20-2009 06:39 PM

You're doing fine :D. Keep it up!

ghosty 03-21-2009 08:54 AM

kool thanks... is the reason the nitrates are higher in the 50 gal is that it is a lager tank with more water?

flight50 03-25-2009 06:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ghosty (Post 181218)
kool thanks... is the reason the nitrates are higher in the 50 gal is that it is a lager tank with more water?

kinda sorta. you have more waste production this particular setup. 20-40ppm is about the max you want for nitrates. if your tank is heavily plants keep the nitrates at or above 10ppm.


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