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Old 04-02-2016, 09:37 PM   #1
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Nitrate problems

I've had cichlids for al most 2 years now. I have 9 of them when they were no bigger than my pinky nail. Now their about 4 inches long. I do 2 week water changes and 3 month filter cleaning. I haven't had a single amonia or nitrite problem since I have had them but now it seems I am having a nitrate problem. I bought 2 anubias plants and a Java moss ball and an awesome looking tall grass like plant that they don't eat.

Keeping up with my water changes I find my nitrate tests in just a months time is through the roof. I feed them once a day and they eat for 15 seconds than I stop. I put the food in the tank in pinches making sure no food hit the bottom and it's eaten.

What can I do about my nitrate building up so fast? Do I need more plants to help? If so how many. What else might help? I love my fish and I don't want them to get sick. Please help!

I have a 90 gallon tank with a eheim filter for a 120 gallon tank.
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Test your tap water for nitrates but it sounds like weekly water changes is the remedy. You'll get better growth rate and healthier fish as a benefit.
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Concur wit HUKIT. Bigger fish->more waste->more water changes. Plants will help, but don't depend on that.
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How much should I remove weekly? I was doing 20% every two weeks. Should I continue 20% weekly or move it more? Also I find it hard to clean the tank because of the rocks and logs being hard to move and get under. I'm always afraid I'm going to hurt my fish moving a rock. Any tips?
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Also I tested the tap. Everything is okay with the tap water.
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Old 04-03-2016, 08:04 AM   #6
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Most will say in general 50% weekly. This will cut the nitrate number in half.
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How much should I remove weekly? I was doing 20% every two weeks. Should I continue 20% weekly or move it more? Also I find it hard to clean the tank because of the rocks and logs being hard to move and get under. I'm always afraid I'm going to hurt my fish moving a rock. Any tips?

There is a balance between water changes and nitrates and only you would know how to maintain the nitrates lower by the amount of water changes you do... Hope that made sense.
In other words, you might have to do more water changes than the current 20% you do.

I don't know what cichlids you have, from experience, African cichlids seem to tolerate a bit higher nitrates. I don't even check my levels and my Africans are thriving but I am consistent with my water changes.


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I have African cichlids in the tank. They are doing well but well but I worry about in the long run. I'll do a bunch of 50% changes today til the nitrates are down than I'll try 50% changes a week.

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Any updates on your tank?


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It's become a pain in the butt but water changes seem keep it down. Such high amounts though and so time consuming
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