High nitrate

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by benharmer87, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. benharmer87

    benharmer87Valued MemberMember

    I checked my parameters yesterday and amm was 0, nitrites were .25 or a lil lower and my nitrates were 160 ppm. Wth. I did about 40% water change. I checked again and its lower but not quite 80. What do I do? Another water change?

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  2. jdhef

    jdhefModeratorModerator Member

    Yes, I would do three back to back 50% water changes to get those nitrates down to about 10ppm (assuming your tap water is nitrate free)
     
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    benharmer87

    benharmer87Valued MemberMember

    Noooo... it ain't! I just finally tested the tap and it is around 100 ppm. No lie! I didn't think it was supposed to be high at all. That's why I never got around to testing it. What I do?

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  4. blusshed

    blusshedWell Known MemberMember

    Did you really shake and beat both bottles for a minute each?
     
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    benharmer87

    benharmer87Valued MemberMember

    Yes. Im gonna try again

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    Yup about 100 ppm

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    I shook the bottles longer then a min each. I never shook so hard before. I gave it my all. Lol. It stay the same. I even used a different tube

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  6. utkgreg

    utkgregWell Known MemberMember

    Sorry you're having problems Ben. Three options come readily to mind, if you truly have high nitrates. (Sometimes kits can be contaminated - I'd get a second opinion. Buy a second kit, or have your LFS do a test for you.)
    1) Plants. Lots and lots of plants.
    2) Find another water source - your lfs, etc.
    3) Purchase an RO/DI system.
     
  7. Coradee

    CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    I would contact your water company & get them to test your supply as there are legal limits for the amount of nitrates in our water, & it's possible something's gone wrong somewhere that they can fix.
    In the meantime as uktgreg says, find another source of water for your changes, many Lfs sell Ro water quite cheaply
     
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    benharmer87

    benharmer87Valued MemberMember

    I realized I had another test kit I inherited with the tank. I just tested with that one and its around 20. My other is an api master kit I barely got a month and a half ago. The one I just used is called freshwater master kit. I guess I freaked a little for nothing. So I tested my tank with this kit and nitrate level around 40 ppm. Which one do I believe? I'll check with water company still.


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  9. Coradee

    CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    Phew, glad its not as high as you thought, just as well you had another kit :)
     
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    benharmer87

    benharmer87Valued MemberMember

    E too. I thought that was ridiculously high. Lol

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