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Old 02-27-2012, 07:18 PM   #1
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Nitrate from the tap!!!!

Hi all I ve had problems with my fish not growing and colours looking bland for a while. I ve been pulling my hair out to say the least. I feed them often with good flake food, do weekly 50% water changes and got three filters running simultaneously. After starting numerous threads on here to find out what the problem is to no avail I decided to go back to basics and get the old water test kit out. To my surprise my nitrates were really high, how is this possible with me doing 50% regular water changes. Firstly I thought it was a duff test so I did another, however the results remained. Confused still I decided to check the tap water to see what I'm putting into the the tank and it reads 20ppm which is way too high. What chance have I got of low nitrate levels if the stuff I'm putting in is too high in the first place. Anyone know how you can get round this dilemma?? Cheers.
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:15 PM   #2
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Firstly, What type of fish are in your tank and how many, what size is it, what's the temp, what and how often are you feeding them?

Take a glass of tap glass of your tap water let it sit out 8-12 hours then test it and see of you get. Then well go from there.
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Firstly, What type of fish are in your tank and how many, what size is it, what's the temp, what and how often are you feeding them?

Take a glass of tap glass of your tap water let it sit out 8-12 hours then test it and see of you get. Then well go from there.
It's a four foot tank that holds 63 gal. There is about 25 fish with a mixture of haps and peacocks. I have my temp at 28c and I feed them once a day. I'll take a glass of tap water tonight and leave it.
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Just been reading another forum and it mentions "purigen" you heard anything?
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Just done another Tap water test and it Says I have between 20 and 40ppm of nitrates in the water.
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Just done another Tap water test and it Says I have between 20 and 40ppm of nitrates in the water.
Was that after letting the water sit out overnight?
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Was that after letting the water sit out overnight?
Letting the water gas off overnight will not change the nitrate levels liek it would with PH.
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I left it out for a couple of hours.
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It may yield the same results but leave it out for 8+ hours and let me know what it reads. If its the same your going to need to add some fast growing floating plants to help use up the excess nitrates.
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Letting the water gas off overnight will not change the nitrate levels liek it would with PH.
Ah i see I was under the impression it would.
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