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NajaAkaDoa
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PostSubject: Nitrate Counts.   Nitrate Counts. Icon_minitime11/15/2011, 12:59 pm

So, I let my w/c go a few days past due,
so I could get a good count on my Nitrates.

Seems with my math, I'm 'getting' 1ppm per
day... meaning 10 days, 10ppm..

Anyones thought on this?.. seems the tanks getting too small..

Anyone ever use a 'nitrate reducer'? All I know is you shoot'm
with sugar water every so often and that's about it.. expensive too.

You think they work, or is it just good ole water changes ...?

One other thing too. A bigger filter wont do anything for the Nitrate
levels.. it just determines how quick the ammonia gets there right,
meaning a bigger filter wont do me any good, I need more 'water volume'....

Does this sound right...? Peace -JT
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PostSubject: Re: Nitrate Counts.   Nitrate Counts. Icon_minitime11/15/2011, 1:08 pm

Is this a fresh or salt tank. I don't have a problem with nitrates in any tanks most are overfiltered and overstocked. I try to do water changes every week but most of the time it 2 or more depending on how much stuff is on the sand that the filter don't pick up.

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PostSubject: Re: Nitrate Counts.   Nitrate Counts. Icon_minitime11/15/2011, 1:25 pm

Fresh water, loaches.. I can keep it pretty low
doing weekly, I just never did the day 2 day math..

Now I feel 'pressured'... got to come up with a plan Peace -JT

Nitrate Reducer, fact or fiction? ....I hear they turn Nitrates into 'air'?

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PostSubject: Re: Nitrate Counts.   Nitrate Counts. Icon_minitime11/15/2011, 3:23 pm

Never used any of that stuff. Don't know. A bio filter would help with nitrates, like a emp400 or sponge filters

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PostSubject: Re: Nitrate Counts.   Nitrate Counts. Icon_minitime11/15/2011, 8:07 pm

I use pothos plants in a HOB filter in my tanks to keep nitrates down. There are some nitrate "sponges" out there that you can put in your canister filter, but to be honest I think the plants do a way better job.
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PostSubject: Re: Nitrate Counts.   Nitrate Counts. Icon_minitime11/16/2011, 11:35 am

I was thinking 'bio filter' makes the ammonia into nitrite, to nitrate,
but the nitrate goes nowhere.. my ammonia and nitrite are zero so
my bact, is chowing down right on que... but the nitrates go nowhere.

About the Nitrate Reductor, this site runs an add
for an "aquaria-pure" No3 filter with a 'demonstration' video... Check it out,
a few squirts of sugar water or vodka and it's good to go.. A little out of my
league but I'd like to know how it works cuz if they built it I might be able to...

Pothos.. ;) I gave up on live plants because my guys eat them. I didnt think
about throwing them in a HOB... I guess no top so they can get some light?
Come to think of it I've seen people use Lucky Bamboo..

Anyways, I'm getting off topic, has anyone 'counted' your ppm
at point A... go to point B and see how many are showing up a day?
I'd be interested in the range ... Peace -JT
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PostSubject: Re: Nitrate Counts.   Nitrate Counts. Icon_minitime11/16/2011, 12:21 pm

I would not worry about that amount of nitrate, especially if the fish are fine (treat the fish, not the test kit).

It seems perfectly reasonable to accumulate 1ppm per day, but I'd think first about cutting down on the bioload and/or feeding a bit less rather than figuring out how to remove it from the water.

To me, high nitrates means you've maxed out the bioload for that quantity of water, and using methods to reduce nitrate is not a good long-term solution. Get a bigger tank! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Nitrate Counts.   Nitrate Counts. Icon_minitime11/16/2011, 1:01 pm

I think if you test and the concentration is higher that .25 ppm, you need to do a water change
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PostSubject: Re: Nitrate Counts.   Nitrate Counts. Icon_minitime11/16/2011, 1:23 pm

Tank Girl : "Get a bigger tank".. ;)..

Aspencer, the .25 meaning Nitrates?.. Point Two Five is going to be tough..
....meaning a quarter ppm?... I can nail the 3-5 but fractions might break me... haha

sorry.. JT
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PostSubject: Re: Nitrate Counts.   Nitrate Counts. Icon_minitime11/16/2011, 1:43 pm

ooops...25 ppm...sorry....fat fingers
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