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Old 08-06-2013, 08:18 PM   #11
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If you cycle a tank without your nitrates going down you don't have any bacteria and means you did something wrong!
NitrAtes will rise and that's good. You want the nitrItes to go down to zero.
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If you cycle a tank without your nitrates going down you don't have any bacteria and means you did something wrong!
Nothing will bring down nitrAtes besides water changes.
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You have to change the water to lower the nitrates. I don't think there is a chemical or critter that will lower them. I had to do a major water change 80% or so then a few more smaller ones after that to get my trates down low. I got them at or below 5 but I read that under 20 is ok for adding fish.
If you have fish in there already 20 is ok
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Nothing will bring down nitrAtes besides water changes.
Than why does my sh** read 0 when done cycling proses?
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Than why does my sh** read 0 when done cycling proses?
I do it to resell? Once every 2 months
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Than why does my sh** read 0 when done cycling proses?
No need for the language.

The only way for nitrAtes to drop without PWCs is if is converted to nitrogen gas. The presence of 'trAtes in the water indicates BB are there.

If no BB were there, ammonia would rise nonstop and no nitrites or nitrates would appear.
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Read http://www.aquariumadvice.com/cycle-your-salt-tank/ and http://www.aquariumadvice.com/ammoni...on-to-nitrate/
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No need for the language.

The only way for nitrAtes to drop without PWCs is if is converted to nitrogen gas. The presence of 'trAtes in the water indicates BB are there.

If no BB were there, ammonia would rise nonstop and no nitrites or nitrates would appear.
So what converts nitrates into nitrogen gas!?!
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So what converts nitrates into nitrogen gas!?!
De-nitrification. Read here: Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle & Cycling | Methods for Ammonia & Nitrite Removal

Some plants can also consume nitrates.
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De-nitrification. Read here: Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle & Cycling | Methods for Ammonia & Nitrite Removal

Some plants can also consume nitrates.
So chem. or plants?
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