Trouble With Water Conditions

Discussion in 'Water Conditioners, Additives and Supplements' started by Nichole Bearden, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. Nichole Bearden

    Nichole Bearden New Member Member

    I am cycled a month and a half, haven't had any trouble until I pulled my carbon out and started using purigen yesterday, my nitrate level skyrocketed went from 5.0 to almost 40. My question is, is this normal and besides water changes what else can I do? The tank is a 20 gallon with a Fluval C2 HOB and an undergravel filter with two 30 gallon air pumps.
     
  2. el337

    el337 Fishlore Legend Member

    Changing chemical filtration shouldn't be the cause of the nitrate increase.

    What is your water change schedule like and what's your stock? Have you tested your water source for nitrates? When you said you had 5ppm nitrates, was this tested right before making the switch to purigen?
     
  3. Punkin

    Punkin Well Known Member Member

    Agree with @el337 . I discovered I have nitrates in my tap now when I didn't have them 2 months ago.
     
  4. OP
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    Nichole Bearden

    Nichole Bearden New Member Member

    I checked the day before, and did a water change when I switched the carbon for the purigen, I also have carbon on my lift tubes I forgot to mention that. I am on a well, and have never had problems with my water.
    My fish are
    3 tetras
    3 danios
    6 guppies
    1 variatus
    1 dwarf gourami
    5 shrimp
    1 very small pleco
     
  5. Punkin

    Punkin Well Known Member Member

    Did you add any fish recently? I am not experienced in stocking, but that seems like a large bioload for a 20 gallon, especially a pleco.
     
  6. el337

    el337 Fishlore Legend Member

    I would still test your water source esp if you noticed the difference after a water change.

    Agree that you do have fish with a high bioload.
     
  7. OP
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    Nichole Bearden

    Nichole Bearden New Member Member

    I was told with my filtration system's that I would be ok, I guess I was told wrong I will work on that. Thank you for your time, you have been helpful
     
  8. el337

    el337 Fishlore Legend Member

    If the nitrates are not coming from your water source, I would increase your water changes.
     
  9. Punkin

    Punkin Well Known Member Member

    You're welcome. Just a note, an HOB filter should have 8-10 times gallon per hour turnover. It may help if you can upgrade to a Fluval C4, or something that has at least 180 gph. It is not a must, just something to consider, it may help.
     




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