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Old 11-15-2012, 02:25 PM   #11
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I wanna switch my filter over to a canister system like I have on my 75gal will that also put the nitrates in check ?
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How often do you do water changes and do you have plants? Plants absorb nitrates so good to have. Apart from plants regular water changes will bring them down. Are your other levels ok I.e ammonia and nitrites?

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Yes everything is ok it's just my nitrates and what type of plants to use and do I need to switch from gravel to sand
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So that's a no on getting the UV Sterilizer then
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:48 PM   #15
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Your only answer here is doing water change.

We can only measure ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. There are actually thousands of other pollutants in a aquarium that comes from food and fish waste.
Think of nitrates as the measuring stick for the total amount of pollution in your tank.

If you use plants to reduce nitrates, then basically you dont know how bad your water really is. A well planted tank may show nitrates of 10, but the number could be way over 40 with time.

If you do your weekly water changes without plants and nitrates are stable, then it would ok to add plants for the fun of the hobby. Plants are good for taking out the pollution, but they do not mean you can do less water changes.
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Yes I agree water changes will reduce nitrates. Sand or gravel won't make any difference to levels. However you should consider sand depending on what fish you have?
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I have 1 13"pleco 5 skirt tetra 5 black phantom tetra in my 55gal tank
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If I was to add plants to my tank what would you recommend to start off with and how many because I do love how they look
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If I was to add plants to my tank what would you recommend to start off with and how many because I do love how they look
Hi, I know your plec would probably prefer sand as its softer on their belly. But it is an upheaval changing the substrate. I'm not a plant expert, I have only java fern and Anubis which actually grow onto a piece of bog wood so no planting in the substrate. I am going to change that soon though and try planting some in the substrate and see how it goes.
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