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Old 05-06-2013, 08:22 AM   #16
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Oh wow! That is rough. I'm guessing others will come along and suggest RO water. Cuz if there is that much nitrate in your tap, well, I'm not sure if there is anything you can do about that.

On duckweed...see if you can find the "greater duckweed". It is larger leaves and so therefore much easier to control if you ever want to get rid of it than the little tiny duckweed. I just received an order of asian watermoss, aka salvinia cucullata. It has short little roots and my shrimp are all over it ever since they realized it was there. If it is at all of interest to you, PM me cuz even though I just got it, I have enough I'm sure I could part with a bit that would get you started. I'm guessing it will multiply like crazy and in a few weeks I'll have too much as it is. I'm having a nitrite issue, so I feel your pain.

I hope someone is able to help you find a reasonable solution.
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:01 PM   #17
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So tested for nitrates.. 40-80 PPM.. WTH do I do?
Is that from tap or your tank?

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Oh wow! That is rough. I'm guessing others will come along and suggest RO water. Cuz if there is that much nitrate in your tap, well, I'm not sure if there is anything you can do about that.


I hope someone is able to help you find a reasonable solution.
Thats only if its from tap. Even then I would probably see if my tank could benefit from high nitrate levels if not I would mix it with RO. In my heavily planted co2 injected 55g I struggled to even register nitrates. My plants soaked up all of it so dosing was necessary. Most of the time dosing is required to bring up nitrates for the plants.

If your test is from your tank, then the previous postings should be taken into consideration. Like I stated before there is only two ways to solve high nitrate levels in a tank....only two.
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:32 PM   #18
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If the LFS has oto's, maybe I will get a few. Plenty of algae in there.

I am a bit mad, most people I asked said I could grow medium light plants with these lights very well... Time to save up for some low lights I guess!

I will check tap water later.
Yeah, the lights are really nice if you have a regular 20 or 20 long, but the 25 is really deep, so that's the issue. I based all my plant selections on the suggestions in the sticky on the low tech forum. Like I said, crypts and anubias do awesome under these lights, so those are my suggestion. Stems do fine, they just aren't as full as I'd like them to be. Floaters would also do fine if you want to add some to deal with your nitrate issue. Stems will help too (I have wisteria, anacharis, moneywort, ludwigia, all doing fine).

You may want to try using some R/O water while your tap levels are high. Maybe the levels will go down when the farmers aren't fertilizing.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:53 PM   #19
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Yeah, that reading was from the tap. I bet it's even higher because I finally gave up watching it and went to bed when it got to 80...
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:41 PM   #20
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Here's my reccomendation.
If your tank is in such disarray that you are giving thoughts to just jettison everything, it must be in really really bad shape. I think it would be a very difficult battle if you try to simply let things come to equilibrium. Instead, I would either redo it, or nuke the tank with 1-2 punch or a blackout. Huge water changes and then add in a ton of fast easy plants liek anacharis. Then wait.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:48 PM   #21
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Your tap is reading 80ppm?!?!? Nice!!! Minor water changes! Maybe 4g of tap water and 1g of distilled water to bring down the nitrates to an awesome fertilizing water that is fish safe
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:15 AM   #22
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No CO2 with anything above low lights tends to lend itself to algae.
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:14 AM   #23
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Dose P and K ferts only, let your plants do their thing. Or else you will need to start using RO, distilled or even plain bottled water.
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:01 AM   #24
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Here's my reccomendation.
If your tank is in such disarray that you are giving thoughts to just jettison everything, it must be in really really bad shape. I think it would be a very difficult battle if you try to simply let things come to equilibrium. Instead, I would either redo it, or nuke the tank with 1-2 punch or a blackout. Huge water changes and then add in a ton of fast easy plants liek anacharis. Then wait.
Anacharis is illegal in Washington

I'll try and get some pic of the tank so you can see the nasty thing LOL
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:19 PM   #25
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Anacharis is illegal in Washington

I'll try and get some pic of the tank so you can see the nasty thing LOL
Dang. Well do people try to smoke it or something. There are plenty of other fast growing plants that you can buy. Are there any other aquatic plants that are illegal there.
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:31 PM   #26
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Well do people try to smoke it or something.

Too funny!
Yes it is always the "bad" plants that are good for sucking up nitrates I think. I use limno aquatica, I think -- it's one that's a noxious weed and illegal to ship across state lines. Nonetheless, it sure helps in an overcrowded/ poorly performing tank.
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I think I will get a breeder net and get duckweed. I do have some of a certain plant I shouldn't name....
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:31 AM   #28
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Well last night I got three otos. Hopefully they'll help with the algae!
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