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Old 10-23-2017, 06:16 PM   #1
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Low Nitrates

I have had my tank going for about 5 months now yet my nitrates sit at near 0, suggestions?Click image for larger version

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Old 10-23-2017, 06:21 PM   #2
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Do you have live plants in the tank?

Also might be helpful:
Tank size
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0 PPM Nitr8 is probably not a bad thing.
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Itís a planted 110 with the Ehiem pro 4 I have 15 Rummy Nose, 3 dojo loach 6 oto 6 Cory 5 silver molly and African butterfly and a clown pleco
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Old 10-23-2017, 07:33 PM   #4
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I see 2 possibilities.

1: Your plants are taking care of the Nitr8s. Congratulations!

OR

2: You are doing the test wrong. It has to be done exactly as follows.

Instructions

1. Fill a clean test tube with 5 ml of water to be tested (to the line on the tube).

2. Add 10 drops from Nitrate Test Solution Bottle # 1, holding dropper bottle upside down in a completely vertical position to ensure uniformity of drops added to the water sample.

3. Cap the test tube and invert tube several times to mix solution. Do not hold finger over the open end of the tube, as this may affect test results.

4. Vigorously shake the Nitrate Test Solution Bottle # 2 for at least 30 seconds. This step is extremely important to insure accuracy of test results.

5. Now add 10 drops from Nitrate Test Solution Bottle #2, holding dropper bottle upside down in a completely vertical position to assure uniformity of drops to the water sample.

6. Cap the test tube and shake vigorously for one minute. This step is extremely important to insure accuracy of test results.

7. Wait five minutes for the color to develop.
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:20 PM   #5
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I see 2 possibilities.

1: Your plants are taking care of the Nitr8s. Congratulations!

OR

2: You are doing the test wrong. It has to be done exactly as follows.

Instructions

1. Fill a clean test tube with 5 ml of water to be tested (to the line on the tube).

2. Add 10 drops from Nitrate Test Solution Bottle # 1, holding dropper bottle upside down in a completely vertical position to ensure uniformity of drops added to the water sample.

3. Cap the test tube and invert tube several times to mix solution. Do not hold finger over the open end of the tube, as this may affect test results.

4. Vigorously shake the Nitrate Test Solution Bottle # 2 for at least 30 seconds. This step is extremely important to insure accuracy of test results.

5. Now add 10 drops from Nitrate Test Solution Bottle #2, holding dropper bottle upside down in a completely vertical position to assure uniformity of drops to the water sample.

6. Cap the test tube and shake vigorously for one minute. This step is extremely important to insure accuracy of test results.

7. Wait five minutes for the color to develop.
+1 I agree completely, my planted tanks maintain super low nitrates even when I dont get the water changed on time ( and I dose pps-pro ferts).

Would be helpful to see a pic to be sure.
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Hereís a photo, I always thought you wanted you nitrates around 20/30 and not 0? Click image for larger version

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I may have missed it earlier, but do you add any ferts? Looks very possible your plants are just using them.
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I use excel and flourish everyday and itís about time to add new fertilizer tabs. Currently having an algae issue so Iím playing with that right now though
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Flourish Comprehensive is intended as a source of micro nutrients and as a supplement to a NPK regimen (as per the Seachem site).
For a tank this size you should really consider using dry ferts and dose either using the PPS-Pro or EI method. Inexpensive, flexible, easy to use, and effective.
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Flourish Comprehensive is intended as a source of micro nutrients and as a supplement to a NPK regimen (as per the Seachem site).
For a tank this size you should really consider using dry ferts and dose either using the PPS-Pro or EI method. Inexpensive, flexible, easy to use, and effective.
I have a planted tank and have never heard of these 2 methods, can you explain them to me? I use all 4 flourishes once a week right now.
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