I know I'm going to get burned for even going here but have a a bit of a delima.
This may be a SW
question but hear me out. I'd tried for months to successfully get my SW
tank up and running. I found that my Nitrate levels were pretty much always to high and no matter how many water changes I did it didn't get better. My tank did fine with just two clowns in it but whenever I tried to add a new fish they shortly dropped dead. I was told that tap water would work. (I was seriously misinformed). The tap water we have here on base is generally about a 40 in nitrates. I was told to use R/O water, but the base will not let me install and R/O filter in on base houseing. This town is so small that I there is no business here that sells water other then walmart and I hate to have to go by 40 1gal jugs. We tried a Nitrate remover product that resulted in the deaths of my clowns speedy and shamus. After it was to late my husband read that the product was for freshwater not SW
. Needless to say my SW
tank now houses only a couple snails and a few crabs.
So being that Freshwater fish aren't generally as sensitive as sw
I'm going to try to convert to fresh water. Finally I'm to my question. Is it ok to add a Nitrate removal product to the water I'll be using for water changes? I'm set up and ready to add some shrimp to my tank but I wondered if I should add the nitrate remover since I know that my tap water has a high nitrate lvl to begin with? I'm not sure how much of a prob this will be. I hate to think that I need to sell my tanks until we PCS somewhere else and pray that it is a place with good water. Thanks for any advice.