Discussion in 'Aquarium Water' started by Bhopkins1311, Jun 16, 2016.

  1. Bhopkins1311

    Bhopkins1311Valued MemberMember

    My ammonia is at 0 and nitrite is at 0 but do i have to many nitrates its somewhere between 40 and 80. If its to high how do i get it down
  2. OP

    Bhopkins1311Valued MemberMember

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  3. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Are there any nitrates in your tap?

    Water changes are usually the best way, unless you have high nitrates in your tap.

    How often do you do water changes, and how much do you change?

  4. Skyy2112

    Skyy2112Valued MemberMember

    Test tap water!

  5. ZedNew MemberMember

    Bhopkins1311 how often are you doing your water changes? I would do a 50% water change immediately and that should dilute your tank, and bring your nitrates down by half (given that your tap water doesn't have any)

    Nitrates are gonna be present in your tank if the bacteria is doing its job, the way to get rid of them is by doing regular water changes. Once your tank is stable you should do 25% water change every week or every other week at the most.
  6. OP

    Bhopkins1311Valued MemberMember

    I usually do weekly or bi weeky water changes usually about 20 30 percent
  7. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

  8. oldsalt777Well Known MemberMember

    Hello B...

    Ideally, you want nitrates to be nearly as low as the other forms of nitrogen. But not many tank keepers new to the hobby have ideal water conditions. If you keep reasonably hardy fish, they easily adapt to a higher level of nitrates. The best thing to do is to keep the tank chemistry stable by removing and replacing a lot of tank water and doing it weekly and not worry about the nitrates. Nitrates are at the end of the nitrogen cycle and not toxic to fish unless they build up to a level much higher then what you have.

  9. Skyy2112

    Skyy2112Valued MemberMember

    Have you tested tap water? This seems super high for your waterchanges. What is your current tank stock?
  10. OP

    Bhopkins1311Valued MemberMember

    Angel fish
    Bolivian ram
    Pearl gourami
    Bristlenose pleco
    Clown pleco
    2 corys (gonna get more)
    2 zebra danios (gonna get more)
    8 neon tetra
  11. Skyy2112

    Skyy2112Valued MemberMember

    Tank size?
  12. OP

    Bhopkins1311Valued MemberMember

  13. Dave125g

    Dave125gFishlore LegendMember

    Most recommend 50% weekly minimum water changes. If your tap water test good I would do a 75% change, then retest
  14. OP

    Bhopkins1311Valued MemberMember

    I heard a water change like that would reset my cycle, is that not true?
  15. slayer5590

    slayer5590Well Known MemberMember

    Nope it won't reset your cycle. I do at least 50% wcs weekly never had a problem.
  16. tokiodreamy

    tokiodreamyWell Known MemberMember

    When levels get high I like to do a 50% change then test in an hour and do another 50% if necessary.

    A large water change will not crash your cycle. However, you want to make sure your tap ph is close to your tank ph. If it's not then a large change can cause ph shock to the fish.
    Make sure to test your tap water. If theres any nitrates in it you'll have another situation entirely
  17. Dave125g

    Dave125gFishlore LegendMember

    I just did a 95% water change (moved the tank to a new stand) I didn't lose my cycle. Just had to keep the old media wet to preserve the BB
  18. Dayna Ann

    Dayna AnnValued MemberMember

    What do you do if your water tests for Nitrates if you don't mind me asking?

    Sent from my SM-N920T using Fish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum mobile app
  19. Dave125g

    Dave125gFishlore LegendMember

    Need to find a new source of water for your tank in that case
  20. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Depends on how high the nitrates are. You can use nitrate-reducing media if it's high, or use RO water and remineralize.

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