Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Pullman, Washington
Question about nitrates
Hi, I have just recently been doing a lot of research about dosing regimes on this website and have a question...for the sake of my fish, I do not want my nitrates to be above 5 ppm. I assume I am not the only one who has this concern, I have blue rams and some other sensitive fish and don't want to do anything to endanger them. Many threads say that 20-30 ppm nitrates is good for planted tanks (!). Everything I have read about blue rams says nitrates over 20 ppm is very bad for them. Sooo I guess my question is, can I maintain a nice looking planted tank with nitrates never above 5 ppm, does anyone else have this concern?
Tank is 46 gallon bowfront, flourish excel for now, hopefully pressurized soon. 1x 96 watt AH kit over tank, currently just dosing w/excel...XP3 filter