Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 02-28-2015, 12:18 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 53
How much have plants reduced your nitrates?

Curious if anyone who had an established tank without plants and then changed to real plants can tell me if there was a noticeable/measurable nitrate drop?

Sent from my XT1080 using Aquarium Advice mobile app
__________________

__________________
johnt2k14 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-28-2015, 12:22 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Nils's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 2,417
You could probably do a small shrimp tank with only real plants and could get away without a filter, I'll tell you that my tank relies a lot on the addition of plants to help keep down all the poisonous things in the water.

Nils
__________________

__________________
Nils is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-28-2015, 12:34 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 130
Quite a bit. I have to dose nitrates because my plants eat them up and then algae moves in.
__________________
Rpeinhardt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-28-2015, 07:24 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
hennaartist's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Middle Tennessee
Posts: 396
A lot! I have two planted tanks, and one that is not planted. All my tanks are on the same water change/ cleaning schedule, and Ll have been established for over a year or longer. My 30 gallon didn't have any plants because my blue crawfish just kept destroying them. Just before my scheduled weekly water change, the nitrates in this tank were always considerably higher than my other tanks. I finally threw in some floating plants (brazillian Pennywart) and my crawfish has left them alone for the most part (since they're out of reach).
Since I've added the floating plants, the nitrates have been lowered by about a third.
__________________
hennaartist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2015, 02:02 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 1,682
In my little betta tank with a big ozelot sword and a lot of floating pennywort, it did stop recurring cyano but didn't help with nitrates.

Then the filter died. Then I did see a huge drop in nitrates. After a few weeks with no water changes it was zero across the board.

Makes me want to start fresh with a new tank, pack it with plants first, then start a fishless cycle ... The idea being that the plants suck up ammonia and it never becomes nitrite or nitrate ... And the beneficial bacteria only establish enough to get the ammonia the plants can't handle.

I could be completely misunderstanding the whole thing but it was interesting to me that plants helped most after the filter quit, and the tank is healthier without the filter.


Sent from my iPhone with three hands tied behind my back.
__________________
trennamw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2015, 06:47 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
ArtistGardener's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 459
A huge difference. I have a heavily planted 55 that registers almost 0 nitrates (and very healthy plants). I do a 25% water change every week to ten days anyway. My lightly planted tanks generally have nitrate readings at 20 ppm with a 50% water change weekly.
__________________
75 g planted community, 20 g planted betta/nano fish, 55 g cold water
ArtistGardener is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2015, 09:08 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
uncgirl1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: North Carolina, USA
Posts: 185
I think plants help a lot! When I first started I always had highish nitrates by water change time. The more I planted, the less nitrates I had. This go around, I planted and did a fishless cycle. After cycle, I had 40 or so nitrates. I did a large water change before adding fish and now my nitrates are never above 5.


Sent from my iPhone using Aquarium Advice
__________________
uncgirl1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2015, 11:42 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
BBradbury's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 5,011
Nitrates

Quote:
Originally Posted by johnt2k14 View Post
Curious if anyone who had an established tank without plants and then changed to real plants can tell me if there was a noticeable/measurable nitrate drop?

Sent from my XT1080 using Aquarium Advice mobile app
Hello john...

Land plants will do a better job removing all forms of nitrogen from tank water than aquatic plants. They're much larger and have larger root systems. Emerse the roots of the Chinese evergreen and you can reduce your water changes significantly. If you don't want that much foliage in your planted tank, then follow an aggressive water change routine. The more you change and the more often you change it, the better.

B
__________________
"Fear not, my young apprentice. Just change the tank water."
BBradbury is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2015, 11:48 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Mattyfelts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 2,111
not enough to reduce water changes. you need a monster amount of plants to make that much of a difference
__________________
60G Freshwater || 10G Reef
Instagram: MATTYFELTS
Mattyfelts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2015, 12:40 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 53
Sounds like I would need a "well planted" tank to make a noticeable difference. Something to start planning.
Thanks all for the responses!

Sent from my XT1080 using Aquarium Advice mobile app
__________________
johnt2k14 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2015, 02:54 PM   #11
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
mrvincent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Quebec, Canada
Posts: 2,246
I have a 29g hightech tank with CO2 injection... I must add nitrates to the water or the plants starve... I can change 50% of the water each two months. Chill?

__________________

__________________
mrvincent is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
ate, nitrate, nitrates, plant, plants, red

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Saltwater Invertebrates Reduced-Like Buy 1 Peppermint Shrimp- $3.99 Get One FREE! AquariumDepot Vendor Spotlight (Deals, Announcements & More) 0 06-06-2012 04:39 PM
20+ Shrimp - Free FedEx Shipping - Reduced 40% AquariumDepot Vendor Spotlight (Deals, Announcements & More) 0 01-06-2012 03:59 PM
Color - Reduced and On time for Christmas AquariumDepot Vendor Spotlight (Deals, Announcements & More) 1 12-20-2011 09:29 PM
Gravel vac started out great, now has reduced suction cubsfan85 General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 8 03-01-2011 08:01 AM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:33 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.