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Old 07-28-2005, 04:28 PM   #11
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I would say a good level of nitrates is between 5-25 ppm. However I have one tank that constantly hangs around 40 ppm and the fish are fine. But I do water changes 2X weekly.
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what about nitrites
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Once you tank is cycled ammonia and nitrites should always be zero.
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That is correct. Once your tank is cycled you will always have zero Ammonia and Nitrite readings unless you add a large bio-load to the tank. Nitrates should always be below 30. If they aren't, do a water change of about 20%. But you should do at least 20% weekly water changes anyways. If you have your tank properly stocked and do the proper maintenance, you shouldn't have Nitrates above 30 at anytime. There are of course the exceptions, like Talloulou.
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