Originally Posted by Miyavp
My well water has about 30ppms of nitrate in it. How would you guys suggest handling it? I'm having a tough time with it. I'm frequenting my friends house getting well water feeding smaller amounts and using seachem prime also. Its a 37gal tank with a crappy charcol filter. I hope to upgrade my tank sometime to a 75gal but not anytime soon so I need to find a way to handle the nitrates for now. Should I invest in a larger filter? A nitrates filter? Some more plants maybe? My three goldfish keep eating them tho. Any suggestions would be great. I dont have alot of money.
Nitrates at 30 ppm
aren't bad at all. Public water supplies allow up to 40 ppm
. The majority of aquarium fish adapt well to the majority of municipal tap water.
Just replace a large amount of your tank water every week or so and your fish will be fine.
You can reduce the nitrates naturally by adding stem plants. I float a lot of Anacharis and Pennywort in my tanks. These two are efficient users of added nutrients in the water, like nitrates.
Goldfish are tough on plants. You could use some tougher plants like Java fern, Onion and Amazon sword. Anubias is also a good one.