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lioness501 02-22-2007 11:34 AM

high nitrates
my nitrate has always been 40-50, i have never been able to get it down, i went to a different pet store and the guy advised i test tap water(which i should have thought about ages ago!!) anyways so, my water from the tap reads 50 on nitrates, so i guess thats my problem! how do i tackle this?

FDStation152 02-22-2007 11:40 AM

Well you could always switch over to reverse osmosis or distilled water and that would eliminate the problem. Assuming you don't want to do go through that trouble the next step would be to add a bunch of live plants to your tank to help take out the nitrates.

Hunter 02-22-2007 12:14 PM

40-50 is not a dangerous level unless you are keeping ultra sensative fish
i keep stingrays in london tap water which is 40-50 even higher sometimes

Derek-M 02-22-2007 12:58 PM

If you use one of these nitragons it will remove most nitrate from your tapwater..see below

lioness501 02-22-2007 01:25 PM

ok so i could do plants, i wouldnt want many tho, wat do u suggest? somethin that wont need co2??? also i dont think any of my fih r super sensitive tho i have a gbr and a bolivian, also a pair of denisoni barbs????

FDStation152 02-22-2007 01:41 PM

The gbr might be a bit sensitive to the nitrates...not sure though as none of my tanks ever top 10 ppm in terms of nitrates. Wisteria would probably be a good choice...definitely doesn't require co2 or high lighting and grows rapidly which will help with nitrates. I'll post up a picture of it in a few minutes.

FDStation152 02-22-2007 01:50 PM

That is the top of my wisteria plant in my 37 gallon tank...maybe the top 3 or 4 inches out of the 14 inch tall plant.

musho3210 02-22-2007 03:26 PM

you could try buying some nitrate ridding chemicals that you put in your water before it goes in the tank like a dechlorinator, i dont know whats a good company though since ive never had this problem

lioness501 02-22-2007 04:26 PM

i already use an aqua clear product for water changes, i just cant get the nitrates down, my gbr is doin really well, mor so than the bolivian if i may say so, also i do not want fertiliser etc etc. i really didnt want live plants but i need to sort this out asap. will a planted 1 do?

FDStation152 02-22-2007 04:59 PM

Wisteria shouldn't need any additional fertilizers.

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