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Old 09-23-2009, 03:42 PM   #1
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Nitrate Question

Is 20ppm normal or high or okay, in FOWLR
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Old 09-23-2009, 03:55 PM   #2
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20 is ok, even higher is tolerable though not ideal. The higher they are the more hassles you'll eventually have.
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Strangest thing, I was worried it was to high so I did a large water change, still the same, I don't understand how that can be, it dawned on me also that recently I took two major filters away from there to cycle another tank that could play in as a factor, maybe?

I did replace one of the filters
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Have you tested your source water to make sure you are not adding the nitrates?
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We can rule that out then. Thanks
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what is your source water?
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From the tap my water is really soft and all metals are out I put in a large water softner.
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The odds of your water have 0 nitrates is ... well ..... probably 0. So, in the end you nitrates will continue to rise due to normal bacteria breakdown and your water changes. Moving to RO, RO/DI, etc water will lessen the increase as would the addition of some macroalgae.

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If you using tap then that`s where your nitrates are coming from. I work for a water municipality. Plenty of nitrates and phosphates are added to purify drinking water. Your water softner would have no effect on them.
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