how do i lower my nitrate level

zeddy
  • #1
my nitrates have risen to high and I need to get them down is there something I can use or do
 
lilsoccakid
  • #2
the only way is to do a water change
 
Howeyg
  • #3
you mean nitrite right???
 
zeddy
  • Thread Starter
  • #4
no my nitrite level is good along with all the other levels its just my nitrates.
 
zeddy
  • Thread Starter
  • #5
Radcliffe
  • #6
Nitrates are the product of a healthy tank, and are caused by the fish living in the water, basically. The fish poo etc raises the ammonia which is turned into nitrite which is turned into nitrates. Regular water changes, and partial gravel cleanings are the way to keep them down

--R
 
zeddy
  • Thread Starter
  • #7
well that's good to know I must be doing something right. but my problem is I do 25-30% water changes every 2 weeks, when I do my changes I vacuume all the gravel I premix my water with ph stuff, salt, plant food, and chlorine eliminator, yet I can't get the readings down. will mitrates hurt my fish my reading is @ 80ppm
 
sgould
  • #8
Yes...80 is too high. To bring them down, increase your changes to 50% and do it daily until your levels come down below 20. Once you get them down, maintain them by doing your 25-20% changes weekly instead of every 2 weeks.
 
zeddy
  • Thread Starter
  • #9
thanks I'll ive that a try
 
Jay
  • #10
this should work but if it doesn't seem to be happening check your test kit. I was using one that showed perfect on all except nitrate levels. Go the API kit and the readings were OK. I binned the other test kit straight away
 
armadillo
  • #11
Me too.
 
Butterfly
  • #12
yep weekly 25% water changes will help keep the Nitrates in hand.
Carol
 
Kelley
  • #13
I disagree they need to test there water. A daily water change is not going to help lower nitRATES. I test my water and I get 20PPM straight out of the tap. There water my test higher like 40ppm. and if that is the case all the water changes in the world won't help.
 
Butterfly
  • #14
I disagree they need to test there water. A daily water change is not going to help lower nitRATES. I test my water and I get 20PPM straight out of the tap. There water my test higher like 40ppm. and if that is the case all the water changes in the world won't help.
Yes testing tap water is helpful in determining where the Nitrates are coming from. Lots of live plants will help. If not in the tap water then weekly water changes will help control them.
Carol
 
armadillo
  • #15
What a nightmare. 20PPM out of the tap!
I disagree they need to test there water. A daily water change is not going to help lower nitRATES. I test my water and I get 20PPM straight out of the tap. There water my test higher like 40ppm. and if that is the case all the water changes in the world won't help.
 
Luniyn
  • #16
Well supposedly will remove some of the nitrate from your water. I've never used it but have heard others that have had good success with it (they also had 20 ppm from their tap water). One thing to note, however, in it's reduction of nitrate it creates excess CO2 so you MUST have good aeration in your tank or it will end up causing more problems then the nitrate by itself.
 
Butterfly
  • #17
Lots of live plants will take care of the excess Nitrates
Carol
 

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