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Old 11-12-2013, 07:12 PM   #1
DanielP86
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Nitrates level


Hi all,

I have just started my foray in to the planted tank world having added some plants to my aquarium previously decorated purely with driftwood. Currently my tank is running low light, no CO2, pool filter sand only substrate and is planted with some anubias and crypts (java fern and vallisneria to be added in a few days). It is fairly heavily planted at the moment but the plants have only been in a fortnight. Apart from the crypts showing some sign of melting (very little though) the plants look really healthy and the tank is much mroe attractive now.

Now for my question. Testing the parameters today they came out as
pH 7.4
Ammonia 0 ppm
Nitrite 0 ppm
Nitrate 0 ppm

The filter and wood have been in the tank a long time so are well and truly cycled so the 0's are not surprising. However I am worried about the lack of nitrate. Stocking is very low at the moment (7 danio in a 40g tank) but I do not want to increase this until the plants are established. Do I need to fertilise so the plants have a nitrate source with such low stocking levels? Due to their slow growing nature will the very low levels I currently have be enough to keep the plants healthy?

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Old 11-12-2013, 07:24 PM   #2
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Yeah, I'd say you may need to fertilize a bit and perhaps stock a bit more to get to 0.5 and about 10, since you don't have any nitrate. I also suggest you dose a NPK/Trace mix solution such Flourish every week to make sure all nutrients are available for the plants. Crypts are heavy feeders of the substrate so I recommend getting root tabs for them
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:07 PM   #3
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Many thanks, I have some root tabs in the post so they should be here tomorrow with a bit of luck, I will make sure to put them around the roots of the crypts.

I will not be able to increase the stocking level until the new year so will get hold of some fertiliser for the water as well.
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:06 PM   #4
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Oh yeah, I meant Nitrate levels 5.0 to 10. Sorry. Oh yeah, you're welcome.. Glad I could be of help.
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