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Old 01-21-2005, 05:28 AM   #1
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Lower nitrates = more red?


How do I lower nitrates to get a better red in my plants.
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Old 01-21-2005, 12:38 PM   #2
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More water changes or if you are really determined to get nitrates lower, decrease your bio-load. I don't know which of the two ideas are easier.
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I'm planning to have many fish. Aren't there some species of plant that likes to suck the nitrates up.
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Old 01-21-2005, 04:35 PM   #4
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Water changes are your best bet since any plant that sucks up the nitrates will also feed on your other nutrients (Iron, CO2, etc.).
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Old 01-21-2005, 05:54 PM   #5
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More water changes, that's what I do. I determine the amount/frequency of water changes based on NO3 level, I try to keep it not much more than 10ppm MAX. High PO4 brings out red nicely in some plants for me, like rotala macrandra.
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