Difference Between Nitrates And Nitrites

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Xionitex, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. Xionitex Valued Member Member

    is it something i should be worried of? i do water changes and change filtration when it's time

  2. AquaticJ Fishlore VIP Member

  3. Xionitex Valued Member Member

    seems scary... how should i avoid it

  4. Gourami36 Well Known Member Member

    Cycle your tank before adding fish
  5. Xionitex Valued Member Member

    do you have any ways of cycling a tank, maybe mistakes i should avoid?
  6. Gourami36 Well Known Member Member

  7. bitseriously Well Known Member Member

    When you say "change filtration" do you mean replace your filter media? This is a common mistake among newcomers to the hobby, perpetuated by a few otherwise-reputable equipment manufacturers. You should only replace your filter media if it's unusable, eg torn apart, breaking up, etc. You should rinse the filter media in tank water maybe monthly (more or less depending on how many fish you have), but then it goes back in your filter, not in the garbage.
  8. Xionitex Valued Member Member

    I mean the carbine, etc.
    And yes, rinsing it.
    Sorry for the misconception
  9. Brett S. Well Known Member Member

    Rinsing with tap water?
  10. Xionitex Valued Member Member

    No, never, sometimes I buy water from the store to do that
  11. Brett S. Well Known Member Member

    Well definately look at those articles because nitrite and nitrate are important. Also get some test strips, or even better a master kit or something.
  12. Coptapia Well Known Member Member

    You should always do it in water from the tank. Bacteria are just like fish in that they can be shocked by water of different parameters (pH, hardness, temperature) even if the water is good.
  13. Xionitex Valued Member Member

    yes i will, ill be going today, thanks
    ill keep that noted
  14. Coptapia Well Known Member Member

  15. Xionitex Valued Member Member

    what does it include
  16. Coptapia Well Known Member Member

    Well you can buy the individual tests you want, but if you can get the API master test kit (UK, might be different in US) it contains pH, Ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. It’s a lot cheaper buying like this than individually...