11-11-2010, 11:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Cmmc23
My Nitrates are right at 40ppm, I was thinking it was my tap water but when I tested it the nitrate was 0ppm. I'm wondering if the spike is due to the meds I used? Regardless, I would like to get the nitrates down a bit more, do you have a product you recommend?
There are no products ,that work faster at lowering nitrAtes than performing water changes.I would perform 50 percent water change and vaccum one half the substrate.The next week (5 to 7 days) , I would perform another 50 percent water change and vaccum the other half of substrate.
Doing this each week will work much better than any products that you could purchase and as mentioned,works faster as well as being much cheaper.
The 40ppm nitrAtes is nothing to worry about but 20 ppm is ideal and you may find that weekly water change and gravel vac as described,,will render readings closer to 20 ppm assuming the fish are not being overfed or tank overstocked.