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Old 05-15-2011, 10:37 AM   #1
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Hi, my name is Linda and I live in the South of Scotland. We recently moved here and built a new pond to house our fish. When we were moving I found quite a few babies and did not want to put them into the big pond until it was more established and they had somewhere to hide. At present I have put the 4 sprats into a small aquarium, 18 litres with a filter pump. I am finding the nitrate is building up very quickly about every 2 days although I have also tried adding nitrate minus. Can anyone give me some advice, I have been feeding them sparingly and their size varies from 1 inch to around 2 1/2.
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Welcome to AA! Change the water and a bigger tank would be much better.
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Hi, my name is Linda and I live in the South of Scotland. We recently moved here and built a new pond to house our fish. When we were moving I found quite a few babies and did not want to put them into the big pond until it was more established and they had somewhere to hide. At present I have put the 4 sprats into a small aquarium, 18 litres with a filter pump. I am finding the nitrate is building up very quickly about every 2 days although I have also tried adding nitrate minus. Can anyone give me some advice, I have been feeding them sparingly and their size varies from 1 inch to around 2 1/2.
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Is the tank cycled? What's your ammonia and nitrite readings? The best way to lower your nitrate is to do a PWC. You would want to keep it less than 40ppm. Preferably around 20ppm.
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Welcome to AA!, I couldn't tell you anything about ponds or freshwater, but there are plenty of people on here that can!
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Welcome to AA! Change the water and a bigger tank would be much better.
Agree with getting a bigger tank. If the OP keeps the same stock and get a bigger tank, the nitrate build up would be slower, right?
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