Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 12-19-2013, 03:17 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
chloefinn2003's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 81
Nitrate test

Hi all. I've brought a master test kit. Here are my results two days in a row

Ph 7.6
Ammonia 0.25
No2 0
No3 80

I no the no3 is high. What can I do for this as I havebt got the suggested chemical and don't really want to use that.

Cheers
__________________

__________________
chloefinn2003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2013, 03:25 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Cactuspixie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Queensland Australia
Posts: 1,830
Quote:
Originally Posted by chloefinn2003 View Post
Hi all. I've brought a master test kit. Here are my results two days in a row Ph 7.6 Ammonia 0.25 No2 0 No3 80 I no the no3 is high. What can I do for this as I havebt got the suggested chemical and don't really want to use that. Cheers
Do a 50% water change and re-test the next day. Check that there is no build-up of gunk in your filters and pipes.
There is no chemical that will lower nitrates.
__________________

__________________
Cactuspixie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2013, 03:54 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
BBradbury's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 4,899
Water Test

Quote:
Originally Posted by chloefinn2003 View Post
Hi all. I've brought a master test kit. Here are my results two days in a row

Ph 7.6
Ammonia 0.25
No2 0
No3 80

I no the no3 is high. What can I do for this as I havebt got the suggested chemical and don't really want to use that.

Cheers
Hello chloe...

The more important reading is the ammonia. Even a trace of this form of nitrogen is enough to kill most aquarium fish. Nitrate is at the end of the nitrogen cycle, so even a higher level for a short period will at most cause your fish a little discomfort.

If you can commit to an aggressive water change routine and remove and replace half the water in the tank every week, you won't need to test the tank water very often, if at all. The wastes produced by your fish take time to dissolve in the water and build to a toxic level. By flushing a lot of pure, treated tap water through the tank every week, there's no time for wastes to build up before they're removed.

I'm a religious changer of the water in my tanks and haven't tested the water chemistry in a long time. I don't have to, I know the water is always clean.

B
__________________
"Fear not, my young apprentice. Just change the tank water."
BBradbury is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2013, 04:13 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
chloefinn2003's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 81
Hi B

Thanks for this. I'll change the water tomorrow. Would you suggest doing it daily for a while???

Cheers

C
__________________
chloefinn2003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2013, 04:14 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
chloefinn2003's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 81
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cactuspixie View Post
Do a 50% water change and re-test the next day. Check that there is no build-up of gunk in your filters and pipes.
There is no chemical that will lower nitrates.


Thank you!! Water change it is today then!!!
__________________
chloefinn2003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2013, 05:41 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
BBradbury's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 4,899
Water Test

Quote:
Originally Posted by chloefinn2003 View Post
Hi B

Thanks for this. I'll change the water tomorrow. Would you suggest doing it daily for a while???

Cheers

C
Hello again chloe...

I don't think you need to go that much effort, though your fish would probably love to have new water everyday. Just remove and replace half of it every week. No skipping though, you're in charge of keeping the water clean.

B
__________________

__________________
"Fear not, my young apprentice. Just change the tank water."
BBradbury is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
ate, nitrate, test

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:53 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×