Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started
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 04-06-2020, 08:33 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Posts: 1
Water quality help

Hi guys - I'm new to the aquarium hobby. I have a 200 litre (50g roughly) planted tank that I'm currently part way through a fishless cycle with. What I didn't realise until after starting the cycle was that my tap water contains around 20ppm nitrates and has a pH of around 7.8.

What would you suggest my options are? I can't really go down the route of plumbing anything in so that rules out the majority of RO systems.

There is an external nitrate water filter available by Pozzani, which apparently does a great removal job and doesn't have to be plumbed. However, judging from what users have said in reviews, this also drops the pH level by about 1 initially, with the pH decrease getting less and less over time as the filter degrades. I've read about buffering pH levels, but I find this somewhat daunting as a newbie when the rate of decrease can be variable.

Alternatively, I could add a couple more plants to my tank to try bring the nitrate levels down over time. I currently have java moss, java fern, anubias, Amazon sword, hornwort, and a red tiger lotus bulb. I've got some duckweed on the way, which I've read is good at consuming nitrate. I figured if my plants could even just negate the nitrate levels introduced by the fish and sustain 20ppm then that may be OK.

Anyway, what would you guys recommend? Some form of water filtration, stick with what I've got with maybe some more plants, or another option? I really appreciate any help.
__________________

__________________
JakeXP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2020, 07:51 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
fearlessfisch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 774
I'm not an expert, but see:



https://www.aquariumadvice.com/forum...er-135663.html









https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and...er-regulations
__________________
joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
________________________________
55, 30, 30, 20, 10, and 10-gal. freshwater tropical tanks
fearlessfisch is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
ate, water, water quality

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
Water quality testing, before or after a water change? Komodo Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 4 01-11-2015 08:51 AM
water quality help please super-fish Cichlid Discussion 2 05-09-2011 05:49 PM
need help with water quality luck_y_777 Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 4 07-09-2005 03:47 AM
Help!Medicate or Water Quality? Jessethebody101 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 4 10-09-2004 01:11 PM
Filter issues- water quality need help. jasno999 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 11 10-07-2004 03:57 PM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:40 AM.


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