Will My Nitrates Test Higher Question

  1. Wendy Lubianetsky Well Known Member Member

    I have a fairly heavily planted tank with RAMs in it. I have heard that they can even be a bit sensative to nitrates, so I do frequent water changes. My question is this: If I use liquid fertilizer is this going to raise my nitrate levels when I do the nitrate test on my water? I think it would because fertilizer is just nitrates, right? Am I wasting my time by changing the water out because the nitrates are a little high and adding back in through fertilizer? And will the nitrates from the fertilizer bother my RAMs. I quess there is more than one question there. I am just worried I am doing more harm than good by adding the fertilizer.
     
  2. psalm18.2 Fishlore Legend Member

    Fertilizer has more than nitrates in it. Water changes are needed to refresh minerals and electrolytes. Fish and plants need fresh water.
     

  3. catsma_97504 Fishlore Legend Member

    What is your nitrate readings? What ferts are you dosing? What plants are in your tank? How are your plants growing?

    Ideally nitrates should be in the 10-20 ppm range for a planted tank. There are many ferts that contain little to no nitrate. There is much more to plant food, such as the micro nutrients sulfur, boron, iron, etc.

    So long as nitrates do not go over 20 ppm, your rams should be fine.
     
  4. Jaysee Fishlore Legend Member

    I have heard that you WANT nitrates in a planted tank to keep cyanobacteria at bay.
     

  5. Wendy Lubianetsky Well Known Member Member

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    This is what I am using I have in my tank. I am using Nutrafin plant grow and my Nitrate Reading is about 20, but that was after I changed 10 gallons in a 30 gallon tank, but after I added the Nutrafin.

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  6. pirahnah3 Fishlore VIP Member

    those levels are perfectly fine for your plants and your fish, the Rams can be very tempermental to rapid changing conditions and or rather harsh conditions.
     
  7. catsma_97504 Fishlore Legend Member

    Your plant food isn't very balanced. All it has in it is nitrogen and boron. Personally I would find a better product.

    If your fish are creating enough nitrogen you could use something like Flourish Comprehensive to get more of the trace elements and avoid deficiency issues.

    You also have some root feeders. They need root tabs. I recommend Flourish Root Tabs. They are balanced for swords, crypts, vals, etc.