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Old 07-27-2007, 01:19 AM   #1
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Nitrate and Nitrite are TOO high!!! Help Help!

I had a 10 gallon freshwater tank with 6 tetra, and 2 sunburst and 1 crowntail betta. I had a little surprise waiting for me in my tank when I returned home one day, a baby blood parrot cichlid. Knowing he can't stay in a 10 gallon, I upgrade to a 30 gallon. I do the routine cleanings and changes to the larger tank. Now, I've had it up for about a month with2 algea eaters in the picture. I've done water changes, and have added some nitrate and nitrite remover... nothing is working...

Nitrate - 80
Nitrite - 10.0
pH - 7.4

How do i get it down? nothing I do is working... Nothing I add is working, and a 30 gallon tank is hard to fill up when you already have fish in there!
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Don't add anything more, many many water changes, daily, 75% at least. None of these additives will remove nitrite or nitrate. Don't add anymore fish. Your tank isn't cycled yet. Keep doing water changes and add dechlorinator every time.
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Zagz brings up a good point. Did you cycle the tank prior to adding the fish? Is the 10g still running?

If the 10g is still running, you could add some of the bio-media to the filter on the 30g to help get more beneficial bacteria established.

80 is pretty high for a tank that's been running for a month. What type of test kits are you using? Did you test for ammonia as well?
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