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Old 11-26-2012, 02:24 PM   #1
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Hello. Need some help!

Hello everyone. I have had my tank(s) for about a year overall now. I started with a 29g tank that my neighbor gave us and then I upgraded to a 55g tank. The problem that I'm having is that my nitrates are always high. They seem to always be around 80ppm. I did two 50% water changes over the last three days trying to get them down, but it is still around 60ppm. I have been doing a lot of reading over the last few days and now realize that my tank is probably overstocked. Also, I lost a couple of fish over the last four days, one before the water changes and one after.

I am thinking about doing another 50% water change and then retesting, but I just want to make sure that all these water changes aren't too much for the fish. I'm always careful of the temperature of the new water and I'm always careful about making sure I put enough conditioner in with the new water. I'd like to keep the setup the way it is, but I still have the 29g tank at my house and I am thinking of setting that one back up and moving some of my fish to it. Below is a list of the fish that I currently have. I am looking for some suggestions as to which ones I should move to the 29g tank if I end up having to set it up. I was thinking about moving the discus as they are small yet and they are slower swimmers.

2 clown loaches - 3" ea
1 yo-yo loach
3 roseline sharks - 3.5" ea
3 rosy barbs
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2 discus - 3" ea
1 discus - 2"
1 turquoise rainbow - 2"
1 bosmani rainbow - 1.5"
1 orange ranbow - 4"

All the fish seem to get along fine. I haven't seen any aggression from any of these fish and like I said earlier, I would like to keep my setup the way it is, but I need to do what's best for the fish. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:05 PM   #3
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:14 PM   #4
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Hello! The water changes are not hurting anything. Do another 50% change then retest. Keep doing the water changes daily until the nitrates are under control. Hopefully someone with more knowledge will reply also! Search high nitrates on the main page, you might get some info there.
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Ok, will do. Thanks.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:23 PM   #6
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What is your water supply like in terms of nitrates? What filtration do you have on your tank? What substrate do you have? Is the tank planted? The more info you can provide the more likely it is that someone can give you the most probable cause. PWC's will clear the symptom but will not necessarily cure the cause.
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I did test my tap water and the nitrates we basically 0. I have gravel in the bottom of the tank and no live plants yet, though I was planning on getting some since I read that they can help lower nitrates a little. I have a fluval 404 canister filter and a marineland emperor 280 filter on the back of the tank also.
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How long have you had the 55 up and running and what type/soze filter are you using?
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:49 PM   #10
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I've had the tank up and running for about five months now. I have a fluval 404 canister filter, which is rated at 340 gph, and I also have a marineland emperor 280 hob filter.
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