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Old 12-10-2011, 09:39 AM   #1
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nitrate lvls

my nitrate lvls are really high 80 ppm and i can get them down ive been doing 50% wc every 2 days what else can i do??? plz help
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Old 12-10-2011, 09:44 AM   #2
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You could try adding some fast growing live plants to help absorb the nitrate.
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You could try adding some fast growing live plants to help absorb the nitrate.

right now i have 2 marimo moss balls in my tank theyve been there for 2 weeks now i bought them cause i was told they would lower nitrate but nothing yet
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Have you checked your tap for nitrates as well? You will need more plants than a moss ball to help reduce nitrates but in the meantime, pwcs are about your only other option. How much do your nitrate levels drop after a 50% pwc? If they are not dropping by half, then i have to suspect your tap water is contributing to the problem.
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Try using this. I have the same problem. My tap water has 40ppm of nitrates. Even my fast growing plants can't knock it down. Seems to be working. I got one pouch dedicated for a 20g tank. My tank is 25g. Next time I will get one dedicated for 40g tank.
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Have you checked your tap for nitrates as well? You will need more plants than a moss ball to help reduce nitrates but in the meantime, pwcs are about your only other option. How much do your nitrate levels drop after a 50% pwc? If they are not dropping by half, then i have to suspect your tap water is contributing to the problem.

i just finished testing my tap water its at 5.o ppm and after i do a 50% wc my tank is at around 50ppm for a day then it skyrockets again
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gonna buy some nitra-zorb tomm lfs closed today
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What size tank and what kind of fish and how many? If your tap only has 5 nitrate and you're doing large water changes that isn't getting them down (although it should be reducing them at least temporarily; are you testing 30 minutes after each water change to see how much they've fallen) then your tank could be overstocked.
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