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 07-16-2004, 07:59 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Colorado USA
Posts: 44
How to bring down Nitrate levels?

Hello all,

I believe that my tank is fully cycled, but I wonder how to bring down my nitrate levels (besides regular water changes). My current levels:

ammonia: 0 ppm
nitrite: 0 ppm
nitrate: 40 ppm

I don't think I overfeed my fish. I have a couple of live plants in there and regularly I have to scrape some 'brown' spots from the glass, which is probably algae. (I have heard that algae thrive on nitrate).

Any advice is welcome.
__________________

__________________
20G
5 Corydoras Trilineatus
2 Clown Loaches
Corydoras4Ever is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2004, 08:38 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
QTOFFER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Kew Gardens, NY
Posts: 4,295
Actually, 40 ppm isn't too high.
Have you tested your tap water? Some people have reported nitrate in their tap water.
Live plants and green algae will soak up excess nitrates.
The brown 'algae' is actually diatoms. It's pretty common in newish tanks and should eventually go away on its own.
__________________

__________________
QTOFFER is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2004, 09:32 PM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
 
TankGirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Richmond VA
Posts: 8,974
I agree, and don't think there is a thing wrong with your situation. I am sure your fish are quite happy, so rock on!

Those diatoms will gradually dissipate as the tank ages.
TankGirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2004, 04:53 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 83
Plants (and green algea) will use the nitrates, otherwise it's just water changes to remove it
__________________
10 gal planted FW
2 adult Silver Lyretail Mollies
1 "juvenlie" male molly
many, many baby mollies
1 small clown loach (~2-2.5", returning to LFS in august)
newaridiar is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
level, nitrate, nitrate level

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
Nitrate Levels CptGinyu Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 6 06-13-2006 10:59 PM
Is there a way to bring Calcium levels down? reefbound Saltwater Reef Aquaria 22 11-28-2005 07:22 PM
Nitrate Levels atwise21 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 2 05-19-2005 04:40 PM
nitrate levels greatgman Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 9 12-23-2004 10:57 AM
nitrate levels mattmku Saltwater Reef Aquaria 11 10-20-2004 09:18 PM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:42 AM.


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