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Old 06-15-2013, 08:18 PM   #1
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Do I need to be alarmed if nitrates level is5.0?.. Tank has been up for 4 months and is cycled.... I have always had a good reading...BUT.... Found out I was not shacking the bottle nearly enough.... All fish seem to be in good health and I do a weekly 20% water change... Thanks
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Do I need to be alarmed if nitrates level is5.0?.. Tank has been up for 4 months and is cycled.... I have always had a good reading...BUT.... Found out I was not shacking the bottle nearly enough.... All fish seem to be in good health and I do a weekly 20% water change... Thanks
5 isn't bad at all, just keep it under 20. How big is your tank, you should consider doing 50 percent water changes weekly.
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72 bowfront... Ammonia and nitrites are good... I have read that it should be o if properly cycled... I have a filstar xp.... Is that big enough? I have 18 assorted Africans all under 2 inches... I will start doing a 50% if necessary...
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What are you using in terms of testing equipment, strips or liquid?
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API liquid..... I was shaking the bottle like it said... But read somewhere on here have to shake the crap out of it for 2 minutes or so.... Just supprised I have a high reading.... Anything I could do different ?
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If your using the correct method to test then 5ppm is fantastic, keep there and your fish will grow like weeds.
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Is 0 nitrate something obtainable ? I appreciate the response... Was freaking out and was ready to do a drastic water change and prime dose... Good thing for the experts!!
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I assume with a heavily planted tank and a low bioload yes. Now continue to watch your parameters as the fish grow, since the bioload changes and the nitrates build up quicker which may require larger more frequent water changes.
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If u ever do have a problem and you have a canister filter use the fluval clearmax in it heard it works like a charm
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