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Please help! Nitrates high

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Please help! Nitrates high
Old 06-04-2011, 08:31 PM   #11
 
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by 68 I hope you meant 78 and I hope your problem gets better
LOL whups! I did mean 78
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Old 06-04-2011, 08:36 PM   #12
 
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Old 06-04-2011, 08:58 PM   #13
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Looks like you need to get an air pump and stone, or a spray bar for your filter. I'm betting we will see a pretty good raise in your pH after you let the water sit for 24 hours, mine lately has been going from 7.0 to 8.0 so I try and just do small water changes.
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:31 PM   #14
 
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Looks like you need to get an air pump and stone, or a spray bar for your filter. I'm betting we will see a pretty good raise in your pH after you let the water sit for 24 hours, mine lately has been going from 7.0 to 8.0 so I try and just do small water changes.
Where would I find one of those spray bars? DIY? Or do they sell the attachment separately?
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:50 PM   #15
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Look at the filters manufactures website and see if they have a spray bar under accessories, from there you should be able to follow to a merchant to buy it, if not their is the DIY method which is really simple; a piece of pvc with holes cut in it in one direction to point at the water, an end cap, a hose adapter and some way of securing the spray bar to the tank. If you need visuals goto the DIY section and see page 3 of my post small breeder setup.
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Old 06-05-2011, 02:37 PM   #16
 
Happy to report that crisis has been averted lol. Thanks again for the quick replies and suggestions.
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Old 06-05-2011, 04:15 PM   #17
 
i thought that nitrates can be up to 80ppm and thats fine??
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Old 06-05-2011, 04:50 PM   #18
 
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i thought that nitrates can be up to 80ppm and thats fine??
That may be (I'll let the experts answer) but it was a new one on me lol. Seeing the wrong color for nitrates threw me there :) That and the lack of oxygen.
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Old 06-05-2011, 08:49 PM   #19
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i thought that nitrates can be up to 80ppm and thats fine??
Fish might tolerate nitrates easier then ammonia and nitrites and 80 is probably survivable for many species, its always in the fishes best interest if you keep these numbers as low as possible. 10-20 is always a good range to aim for but of course lower is better.
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:14 PM   #20
 
I wouldn't let my fish stand more than 40
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