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Old 04-27-2013, 11:16 PM   #1
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Nitrate problem

I've been doing two 5g water changes for two weeks now and I can't drop my nitrate levels, Between 30-40. Is there anything else I could try
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I've been doing two 5g water changes for two weeks now and I can't drop my nitrate levels, Between 30-40. Is there anything else I could try
What size tank? What's the stock? How often are you feeding? When you say 2 weeks do you mean everyday for 2 weeks and they won't drop?
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:44 PM   #3
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Check your tap water
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^^^ how did I miss that. +1 test it and post results.
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What type of test kit? API does total nitrate 40 would be around 10.
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^^^ how did I miss that. +1 test it and post results.
Your too busy with your new tank, all that cleaning, checking and soon to.be triming
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Your too busy with your new tank, all that cleaning, checking and soon to.be triming
Haha very true
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It's a 40g, usually do a water changes on tues and sat. Stock- clarkii clown, sleep gold head goby, firefish and cleanup crew. I use an API water test kit
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Water changes won't control nitrates. If you take out 25% of the water, you take out ONLY 25% of the nitrates. The rest build up for your next water change. Reducing feeding won't fix the problem either. That will simply lower slightly the total nitrates.
You need something to REMOVE all your nitrates. Chaeto or filter media.
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Also feed them once a day a small amount of flakes
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