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Old 01-20-2014, 11:25 AM   #1
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I'd like to know what most of you more experienced fish keepers like to keep your Nitrate levels at.
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I keep them under 20 generally but I don't test very often, if at all. Not saying that its okay, but I do 70% water changes every weekend. They usually stay around 10 I guess.
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One of my tanks seems to stay around 15, the other stays around 30. I'd prefer both to be at 15 or 20 though.
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I'd like to know what most of you more experienced fish keepers like to keep your Nitrate levels at.
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Most aquarium fish will tolerate nitrates as high as 50 ppm, with no trouble. This is the upper end though. If you can keep the nitrates in your tank to 25 that's fine. Some will say lower, but nitrates are at the end of the nitrogen cycle and aren't nearly as toxic as ammonia and nitrite and a healthy, planted tank needs some.

Change half the tank water every week or so and your fish and plants will be fine.

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