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post #1 of 12 Old 03-26-2008, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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Nitrates in my Tap Water

Hey guys. I have a Nitrate reading of 20 in my tap water.
I use a liquid test kit.

What can I do besides buying expensive bottled water?
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post #2 of 12 Old 03-26-2008, 03:06 PM
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i have the same problem. the advice that i have gotten is this: get either watersprites or water wisteria. they for some reason bring your nitrates to 0 very quickly. i havent tried this yet but i will in the near future. there are also medicines that will lower nitrates but they can be costly. hope this helped!
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post #3 of 12 Old 03-26-2008, 04:58 PM
Elodea is another big nitrate hog. You can also use water hyacinth, Indian fern, duckweed, giant duckweed, as well.
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post #4 of 12 Old 03-26-2008, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Can anyone link me to a post that's great for beginner tank planters?

Keep in mind that it's only a 10 gallon tank. Would that effect much? I'm very new to all this, so if you could help me in any way, then I'd really appreciate it. Thanks for the tips.
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post #5 of 12 Old 03-26-2008, 08:59 PM
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There's a couple, look for stickies. Elodea and water sprite are seriously the easiest things to care for, you don't even have to put them in the gravel if you don't want (but most people do with water sprite anyways) and if you naturally have nitrates in your water then you probably will have NO problem with them growing.

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post #6 of 12 Old 03-27-2008, 04:32 AM Thread Starter
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Can you buy Elodea and/or Water Sprite from a Petco/Petsmart?
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post #7 of 12 Old 03-27-2008, 02:13 PM
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I think Elodea is also known as Anacharis. They carry it at my local Petsmart. You can either float it or plant it.

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post #8 of 12 Old 03-27-2008, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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Would planting it be the better option since all I have is a Betta?

Also, if I do plant it, do I need to buy that special soil and stuff? Or do I literately just stick it into the gravel (pea sized) like a regular fake plant?
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post #9 of 12 Old 03-27-2008, 03:35 PM
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You could just stick it into the gravel.

150 Gallon - Mostly American Cichlids
135 Gallon - Angelfish Community
75 Gallon - Odd couple (Polleni/Angelfish)
55 Gallon - African tank
20 Gallon Long - QT
10 Gallon - Empty
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post #10 of 12 Old 03-27-2008, 04:13 PM
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I got my water sprite at Petsmart, decided to get it after veeeery carefully checking their tank for snails. Ours doesn't house any fish anywhere near the plant tanks so fishie diseases weren't so much of a worry which is something that keeps me from buying anything live from Petco.

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