Light at the end of a long, long tunnel!
Hi everybody, I have been battling high nitrates for a long time now, I do 3 20% water changes a week on my roma 125l and have a fluval plus 3 and a eheim 2213 hooked up to it. No matter what I do my nitrates have always been between 40-60ppm which has caused me endless stress.
I found out that my tap water nitrate levels were around 40ppm straight out the tap (I live in Sussex, England) which threw me into a nitrate hellhole. I rent so I can't really plumb anything in but from other forum posts I found a product called Aquaworld nitrate remover.
I was a bit dubious about how well something like this would actually work but I have just tested my first 3 gallon bucket's worth with my api master and got a 0ppm reading (did a happy little aquatic jig around my livingroom!).
Anyhow, I thought I would share my findings in case anyone else in the same prediciment was after a solution as this problem is beyond frustrating. It is also rechargeable as well and I think was £13.99 online. I'm now looking forward to a healthy stash of partial changes to bring that Nitrate right down.
Oh one more thing, you will need to get an adapter to connect it to bath/kitchen taps but picked one up at Wilko's today for £2.00 and works like a dream.
Hey I live near Cambridge uk and have the same problem with my tap water, 40+ ppm straight out of the tap...nuts. But my tank water sits around 5ppm.
According to replies in previous post I've made about the same issue, it helps a great deal to have live plants in your tank, they eat up the nitrates, well the ammonia too apparently. And I have quite a few live plants, so they must be doing something!!!
I was concerned about taking out 20ppm water to replace it with 40ppm water from the tap, but when you do water changes it's not just the nitrates your getting rid of, there's the crap of off the bottom, the dirty water, the nitrates.. But when you put fresh water in, your doing just that. your also topping up the ph buffer which should keep the ph level stable (so I have read somewhere, I am NO expert!! I'm a newbie!)
So from the advice I got, I figured it wasn't anything to stress about. I would get some live plants in that tank, if that is not an option then I guess using that nitrate remover is the way to go..
How does that work?
All the best
Hey Simon, yeah bad tap water sucks, my Roma is chok full of live plants from java fern,moss,crypts, tiger lotus' to floating plants. Got a batch of Brazilian penny wort the other day as they are heralded as blinding nitrate absorbers.The trouble is live plants can only use a certain amount of nitrate and with dire tap water conditions this can have bad effects on plants as well as your livestock. Getting your tank to 5ppm from such bad tap water is a real accomplishment and I give you the British salute! :)
With a fully stocked tank though, being able to reduce the high tap nitrate water levels is impossible for me even with regular water changes+plants+purigen+over filtration so this little beauty I think will make my life so much easier.:-)
p.s sorry missed the answer to your question. The device is about the length of a small arm and is full of resin and works by the principal of ion-exchange, exchanging the nitrate ion for sodium ion. It also helps reduce the levels of phosphate found in some drinking water. Apparently it removes nitrates for up to 800 litres before needing recharging, which consists of purging a strong solution of dishwasher salt through the reverse way of using the unit. Will keep you posted on the progress through using it.
I just noticed that you have a 125litre tank right? well I have a 110litre jewel record 800 so I am only 15 litres smaller than you, I was thinking you had a 125gallon, which would be way bigger than mine!!
Have you noticed the fish suffering due to the high nitrate level? unless they have been dying, or gasping at the surface for air etc I wouldn't unduly worry about it....
I was talking to one of the senior guys at my local fish supplier, about nitrates and he was saying people worry to much about them, he has had many set ups over the years and said the one that thrived the most and was the most healthy was a marine set up and he said the nitrates used to run around 100ppm!! not that I am suggesting we do that!! haha
so anyway, plenty of plants, regular water changes, keeping on top of the filtration media etc... not much else we can do really, unless there is signs of distress by the fish.
anyway, who am I? I have only been in the hobby a couple of months.. can only go on my experiences which have been all positive so far, even though I was expecting mass fish death and polluted water... everything is going fine! despite the 40ppm nitrate level in my tap water...
that contraption sounds quite good, not sure I would use it though.
hope it solves your issues
all the best.
Do you know if there is a supplier in the US?
Been doing small changes each day and glad to report it is still nuking my tap nitrates to zero and my tank is steadily dropping in nitrates.
Abbeysdad, not sure if it is available in the US but here's the link to the English supplier, just checked the delivery FAQ and they do send overseas. Hope this helps.
Aquaworld AQUAWORLD NITRATE REMOVER
Down to about 20-25ppm, still doing gentle daily changes so the fish can adjust safely. Almost getting a semi on waiting for the daily nitrate test results! Fish seem a lot more active as well.
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