Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources

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Victoriaman 03-09-2012 05:50 PM

Hello everyone. I'm new to this forum I have a decent amount of knowledge on cichlid keeping. Currently I have 13 Victorian cichlids in a 45 and 55 gallon. I will be looking to breed these fish soon. Recently though I have been having trouble keeping my NO3 down in the 45 gallon was wondering if anyone had some suggestions. Thanks

onefish2fish 03-09-2012 07:12 PM

small water changes will help with the nitrates. it might not be a bad idea to test your source water too, as you may be adding high nitrates to your water to begin with.

welcome to the forum.

Victoriaman 03-09-2012 07:16 PM

I have been doing water changes almost everyday today I did 50% and still really high I also have trying to get it lower with aquel+

onefish2fish 03-09-2012 07:19 PM

if its not coming from your source of water then you might need to cut back on your feeding.

less food = less left over food = less fish and food waste

Victoriaman 03-09-2012 07:28 PM

I was looking into getting a nitrate filter Or making my own because like you said it may be my source water since I'm on well water

Byron 03-13-2012 07:46 PM

Welcome to the Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

Test your source water (well you said) for nitrates; this is comon with agricultural runoff. Knowing where they are coming from will help in dealing with them.


willow 03-14-2012 09:06 AM

hello and welcome. :-D

BarbH 03-16-2012 06:19 PM

Hello and welcome to TFK as others have suggested I would test your water from the tap to see if nitrates are present there, it will help to give you a better idea of what you need to do to help lower your nitrates.

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