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PostPosted: Dec 8th, '18, 10:47 
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Hi All

I had some time this morning so i tested the water quality in my AP.... well things are a little out and i need a little help to rectify please.

PH 6.0
NITRATE 160 ppm
AMONIA 0.25
NITRITES 0

What can i do to bring the Nitrates down??

keep in mind i had a snail problem and basically had to kill the system to destroy snails and eggs about 8 weeks ago.


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PostPosted: Dec 8th, '18, 14:37 
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Add more plants, it's just food to them and they will use up the nitrates. If you're worried about the health of the fish, lots of people have had much higher nitrate levels. Nitrites and ammonia are more likely to kill the fish, nitrates aren't particularly toxic.


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Plant more plants/plants that will use a lot of nitrate or feed less food to the fish?


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Just put plants in to the grow bed and they will munch up all the Nitrate (any plant/s).

"keep in mind i had a snail problem and basically had to kill the system to destroy snails and eggs about 8 weeks ago" - does that mean you have no plants in there?.That would be the reason the Nitrates are up.

"feed less food to the fish?" - 160ppm is a bit high,you need to plant seeds now so they can germinate and grow & use up the Nitrates.But if the Nitrates still continues to go up,you can do a water exchange & feed the fish less (once a day or every other day).

Or buy some plants and put them in.

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Sweet, thank you all.

Yes i have only a small amount of plants in system.....
Im going to aggressive with planting now, Thanks again.


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