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A 10% change is like spitting in the ocean-a 10% change will bring 80ppm nitrates down to 70ppm. Do a 50% water change 3 days in a row. It won't hurt your fish, it won't disrupt your cycle, it WILL lower your nitrates.Mel254 said:Gaaaaaa
Have been doing 10- 20% each day for the past three days and a couple days lowered to 40 and he got zippier but every morning im back to 80 nitrate (boo)
Just did another 10% and two hours later nitrate still high and hes still bottom ish
still eating but ive reduced his feeding so he's super hungry.. just ate a piece of floating moss ball geez
I don't want to shock him with a big water change as I've red that can happen and small consistent ones are maybe better.... but we are now on day 8 of this and the nitrates are still high so i think that's the only recourse left. This just happened suddenly the day after thanksgiving which is odd to me -- does nitrate happen that quickly, like literally overnight?
I have one kinda grimy filter (i stock my filter media with two at a time btw) that i'm considering replacing with a new one because i have two in there so i wouldn't be losing all the bb.. but idk if that will be helpful or not
Rinse your filter media thoroughly in fresh dechlorinated water, clean out the filter itself and your intake tubing with a tube brush and thoroughly vacuum your substrate. I'd also suggest looking at how much you're feeding your fish. If they don't eat all the food you give them within 2 minutes, you're feeding too much.