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molliefan09 02-21-2010 09:20 AM

cant get nitrItes down...
 
I have 6 tanks set up currently...5, 10, 20 high, 20 long, 55, and a 160....in my 10, 20 long, and 160 i CAN NOT get my nitrites down :-?....they stay between 0.25 and 1.0ppm. All 3 tanks were set up with water and filters from my already established tank and have been running for more then a month. Ammonia is at 0ppm and nitrates at 10-20ppm. I use prime with ALL pwc. All the fish in the tanks seem to be doing fine, still swimming, acting and eating normally. i have been changing water like there is no tomorrow to no avail. isnt prime supposed to help with this??

Twistersmom 02-21-2010 10:50 AM

Have you tested your tap water for nitrites?

Since all the fish are acting well, I would say the Prime is working. I do not believe that Prime actually lowers our test kit readings, but detoxifies the nitrites (somehow), so less harmful on the fish.

Mean Harri 02-21-2010 11:10 AM

True dat what Twistersmom said. Prime detoxifies it but it will still read on the test. Perhaps the nitrites are in the tap water. My tap has nitrates. The plants are starting to assimilate them now. But it never harmed the fish and I use Prime too.

molliefan09 02-21-2010 11:44 AM

well then....i guess as long as everyone is acting well and im not loosing any fish i wont stress and will just keep up with my pwc.

Mean Harri 02-21-2010 12:04 PM

I would watch your feeding as well. What I do is put a few flakes in and watch them. Once they consume it all I add a little more, and a little more. You don't want to overload the bio system. Controlled feeding is key. And don't worry about starving the fish. They can go days without eating. You want the bacteria that consume and nitrites to build to be able to handle the bio load. Over feeding is one of the most common problem causers in a tank.

molliefan09 02-21-2010 12:31 PM

awesome!! thank you guys!!

Austin 02-21-2010 12:50 PM

Well even if your tap had nitrites in it your bacteria colony should turn them into nitrates. All I can guess is your tank isn't cycled all the way or you added bunch of fish at once and the bacteria colony is reproducing to be able to handle the nitrites/ammonia. You can also add plants if you want that'll help

molliefan09 02-21-2010 01:31 PM

i just tested my tap for nitrites and it is 0ppm

Twistersmom 02-21-2010 05:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by molliefan09 (Post 329782)
i just tested my tap for nitrites and it is 0ppm

Well, thats great news. Having tanks, that have not finished their cycle, is a lot better problem to deal with, than having toxins in your tap water. Keep up with the Prime and water changes. Feed sparingly. It might help to move some filter media around. Steal some more media from your cycled tanks.
Good luck!


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