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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-03-2015, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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Need help with water parameters.

I was wondering what levels I should be looking for in a planted nano tank from the API master test kit. my PH is in between 7 and 7.5. my ammonia is 0, nitrites is .50 ppm, nitrates is 10 ppm. I am not to sure what all the parameters should be at. Am i close, or are you just looking for a consistent reading every time i do a test? i thought the ammonia is suppose to read a little bit so that your beneficial bacteria have food to eat. and the nitrates should be at 20 ppm for the plants? Is this correct? Thank you for any help, it is greatly appreciated.
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Once filter is cycled you should have 0 ammonia,0 nitrite and your waterchange habbit/stocking will control nitrAtes.You would lke them under 30ppm most here say 10-20 I believe .
Your pH looks good for most anything.
GH and KH are really more important though for some "sensitive things".


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