Nitrates Please....

Discussion in 'Aquarium Water' started by aquadude91, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. aquadude91

    aquadude91 Valued Member Member

    So my 10g heavily planted tank has prospered for the past 3 months, and have had no issues with water quality. I am having a problem getting nitrates above 5ppm.... my plants are showing signs of loss of nitrogen or nitrates... some days my nitrates are at 0, other days barely at 5.... I only do 30% water changes weekly, and maintain 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and a pH of 7.8. I have the take plenty stocked, and I have 200gph filtration... I believe because the tank is small and it's so super heavily planted, they use up any nitrate it can get.

    I know plants need nitrate! At least 10-20ppm.... what I need to know is what I can do to increase nitrate levels... also, I have a small outbreak of Cyanobacteria & brown algae (I know they prosper on nitrate) so if I am able to increase nitrate, is my algae problem going to get worse?



    Help!
     
  2. andychrissytank

    andychrissytank Valued Member Member

    what kind of fish do you have
    maybe only 20% water changes or maybe even try skipping a week, i know some people that get away with bimonthlies
     
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    aquadude91

    aquadude91 Valued Member Member

    My water evaporates so immensely fast, about a 1/2 gallon per day.... so I have to keep topping it off, which in turn makes my water hard and pH o up, so every other time I top off, I remove 30% and refill.
     
  4. andychrissytank

    andychrissytank Valued Member Member

    Ohh I see
    in that case you might need to buy some potassium nitrate (KNO3) for aquariums to supplement it
     
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    aquadude91

    aquadude91 Valued Member Member

    Where do I buy that?
     
  6. andychrissytank

    andychrissytank Valued Member Member





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