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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 01:27 AM
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Plants remove nitrogen in all 3 of the forms we test for in aquariums.
Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate.

When the amount of nitrogen entering the tank is low, the plants sure can remove it all.

Fish food is an OK source in a low tech, high fish load tank, but with low stocking (8 xips in a 40 gallon, or most shrimp tanks) all the food that you are willing to add is not enough.

Which Flourish product are you using?
Seachem uses the name 'Flourish' for N, P, K, Trace, Comprehensive, Iron and Excel.
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post #17 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 01:46 AM
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all of the above...

if i add all the water in all 5 tanks i get 13 gallons - substrate, plants, and decor so it's not a big deal to go liquid... though i MUST FIND ROOT TABS... my crypts on one side of the tank (the side with more shrimp sand) NEED THEM...

1 6 gallon
1 2 gallon 8" cube
1 10 gallon endlers tank
1 betta

Here they are

6 gallon journal

you can see more photos here the 4 8" cubes are on flicker... will get to their journal at some point (they are fun as they change often)

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post #18 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 02:32 AM
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I have a 1 gallon goldfish bowl with 1 goldfish and with some floating hornwort and najas grass the Nitrates stay near zero between water changes, even though I feed every day. A Betta bowl is the same way, I was quite surprised the Nitrates stay so low.

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post #19 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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I just bought those fancier bottles of Seachem nitrogen and potassium. They're called aquavitro by Seachem. They were the same price as the reg Seachem but the bottles were a few ounces larger.
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post #20 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-11-2013, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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After getting on a dosing regime I think I've hot my tank pretty balanced. I've been dosing N P K, potassium, iron, and micro ferts. I cut the light back a bit, and added some DIY co2. The plants are growing great, two new Anubias leaves and a. All around more lush look to the plants, especially the swords. Here's a pic I snapped.
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post #21 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-14-2013, 01:41 AM
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I've been running a dirt tank with a 3mm inert gravel cap for 3 years and I can tell you that you getting readable nitrates in your tank is very unlikely. Sounds weird? allow me to explain. My initial switch to dirt was due to algae problems. I had them all and in most cases nitrates were an ingredient or contributing factor and after a lot of stress and near giving up I set up a high tech dirt tank. For three years every nutrafin and api test kit I bought recorded 0 nitrates. And for 3 years no algae.

I have no scientific data to back up the following but I'm gonna say with a small amount of confidence that dirt has some type of binding effect when it comes to nitrate in particular. My stocking went up while using dirt and I once went two months without a water change and my nitrates remained at zero.

Make no mistake there were/are nitrates in the tank but my theory is they were bound to the soil because my plants grew relentlessly with no measurable nitrate in the water column.

Just my two cents...
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