Can you all tell us about the amount of nitrates plants soak up? - The Planted Tank Forum
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Can you all tell us about the amount of nitrates plants soak up? in a given amount of time, and how much space that plant(s) need to live?

I've spent the first year of the hobby learning how much waste some fish produce (have found adult angelfish producing as much as 40 or 50 ppm nitrate in a week), and am looking to learn how to balance it with plants. I do understand that I will have to dose potassium and iron, being that fish feces is not perfect plant food.

What aquarium plants would you say might soak up 10ppm nitrate per 6 hour day and how big an environment does that plant need? That is, in medium light, maybe medium-high, but do tell what you know, please, thank you. For instance, I might say that a 10 foot pothos vine could soak up around 5ppm per week, although, I wouldn't really know, and I'm more interested in hearing about submerged plants, or whatever you can tell me to help me learn, thanks!
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