What level do you keep your nitrates under? Question

Discussion in 'Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle' started by goldiegirl, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. goldiegirlValued MemberMember

    Hi, all : ) I read all of the stickies, and I may have missed this... I know everyone's different, but I'd like to hear from others where they prefer to keep their nitrates. Both my tanks are fully cycled, I just have to decide how often to do water changes. I've read that anything below 40 is okay, some people say under 20, and I've even read articles doing my own research that say to keep them under 10. I have freshwater goldfish tanks. I've been changing the water weekly, even though the nitrates have never risen above about 15 in a week's time. I don't really mind it, but if I'm changing too frequently it would be nice to know it so I can save on conditioner and salt. What would you all recommend? Thanks!

  2. jerilovesfrogsFishlore VIPMember

    i'd say 20 and below. you'd probably want to stick to weekly changes since goldfish are bigger waste producers....just to keep the water clean and them healthy :)

  3. MeenuFishlore VIPMember

    Mine tend to be around 10. My goal is always 20 or less.

  4. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Hmmmm, I wonder what my nitrates are....
  5. bolivianbabyFishlore LegendMember

    I keep mine under 20.
  6. midthoughtWell Known MemberMember

  7. FurallicahWell Known MemberMember

    Lol if you have to ask it might be a good thing to check....:p I keep mine under 30....I struggle with my 25gal sometimes it'll jump around but doesnt go out of the 30's.
  8. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    I dont even know my pH :)
  9. MeenuFishlore VIPMember

    I did a poll a while ago about testing, and it turned out that a lot of the really experienced fishkeepers know their tanks so well that they don't test.
  10. FurallicahWell Known MemberMember

    Call me the tank whisper! XD
  11. JrobberWell Known MemberMember

    Mine stay steady at 10. Not sure how, sometimes I feel like they should be higher.
  12. MeenuFishlore VIPMember

    no, 10 is good...
  13. bass masterWell Known MemberMember

    sounds like you should taste test some more of your water then :p

    I generally shoot for under 20, even if nitrates are fine I typically still change water weekly to keep water hardness steady and to eliminate phosphates and other chemicals that can build up in and aquarium

    edit: "taste test" not "taste taste"...
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2010
  14. MeenuFishlore VIPMember

    so I wasn't the only one whose mind went there...
  15. jerilovesfrogsFishlore VIPMember

    wait, why would he want to taste the water?
  16. MeenuFishlore VIPMember

  17. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    To test for nitrates :) it was a joke, and a good one! It's spread to other threads ;D
  18. FurallicahWell Known MemberMember

    Jaysee has API certified taste buds...:;tea
  19. AlyeskaGirlFishlore VIPMember

    You guys are funny! lol

    I like to keep nitrAtes 10 or under but doesn't always happen though.
  20. jerilovesfrogsFishlore VIPMember

    ohhh, i thought it was....but you never know! haha.

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