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fish joey 11-07-2010 10:30 AM

nitrate question turn around
 
Hi all, my big tank has sky rocking nitrate ...80 just did a 35% water change about 20 gallons ..vaccumed and changed sponge and carbon......earlier this week my filter was acting up and I now know it was super Yucky....any way my question is how long before I see a turn around in the nitrate number? ..the PH is 7.... I tested after and the number is the same ......also had a black furry like algae on a plant ripped the leave off and got rid of that

kitten_penang 11-07-2010 11:49 AM

put more plants =)

fish joey 11-07-2010 12:54 PM

kitten I have 16 plants in there now... all growing well making off shoot plants... my plan is to add more grassy fore ground and a few taller back ground.....my nitrates never any where near this previously......do you think it could be any thing else? and shouldnt the number have changed with a water change? (need to up date photos)

fish joey 11-07-2010 02:44 PM

down to 20 at half time

thefishboy 11-07-2010 02:46 PM

Add lots more plants!"! Hope it gets better:-)

RipariumGuy 11-07-2010 09:56 PM

When was the last time you had done a water change? And do you dose anything?

EDIT: Also, how old is your test kit? They start getting wacky after a couple months.

1077 11-08-2010 01:38 AM

Weekly water changes are the best way to control nitrAtes assuming you are not dosing anything that would increase the Nitrogen levels.
High nitrates can also be a result of overstocked tank or over feeding.Again,,water changes will dilute ,remove,that which is contributing to the nitrAte levels.
Might measure the nitrAte levels in tapwater as well to see if levels there are contributing to the readings you are getting.

kitten_penang 11-08-2010 06:53 AM

lol we want a jungle scene.jk. frequent water changes and less left over food will do wonders in lowering the nitrate just like 1077 said

Mikaila31 11-10-2010 07:25 PM

20 ppm is fine for nitrate.

Ostara 11-10-2010 07:43 PM

I second checking your tap water for nitrates too. Ours has always been zip, but I recently tested one of my tanks and nearly fell over to see it at 40 (with my discus, no less!). Testing the tap water showed that it's suddenly spiked to around 40ppm. It's temporary because of either the recent rainfall or because I live in an agricultural area, but it's still a PITA. :-?


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