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Raising Nitrates

How do you raise Nitrates in a planted tank?
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Well can you give us a bit more info first? Are there any live fish or inverts in the tank? if so please give list of what, tank size, and a rough idea of a plant list (let people understand the balance). If it does not have live critters you can be a little wreckless (though i woudln't personally advocate it) and put in fish food or dead plant matter to generate ammonia, which after the nitrogen cycle will be more nitrate... If you have fauna and want raised nitrates, a safe method would be a nitrogen fertilizer for aquarium use. I have a small bottle of Seahem flourish Nitrogen that I plan to use on my 20g long (currently only plants) once it uses up all the nitrate in there (had fish and plant die off recntly so that led to raised nitrates that are now going down slowly).


If you are talking about a new tank and cycling it to get beneficial bacteria colony going to make it fish/invert safe you need 2 things: an ammonia source and a test kit to keep an eye on ammonia levels (and eventually nitrites). If this if what you are really asking I'd recommend fish-less pure ammonia dosing and giving THIS a read and using its calculator and converter to help.

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I give them privacy and some good moss to breed in. :-)
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I give them privacy and some good moss to breed in. :-)
Wtf ??

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Get some KNO3 "Potassium Nitrate". Look into EI dosing to find charts that will tell you how much to use per volume to get the ppm you are shooting for.
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I give them privacy and some good moss to breed in. :-)
LOL, sorry!

The tank is 75 gallons and has been running for about 2 months. Pressurized CO2, Red BML light but will have a Dutch XB with controller by next week, hopefully, MTS and black diamond sand substrate. I'm EI dosing but usually forget to do it 3 times a week. I do 50% water changes every Sunday.

I have 4 Neons, 6 Rummynose, 6 Cloud Minnows, 6 Threadfins, 6 Rainbow Furcatus, Nerites, Red Cherry Shrimp and tons of pond snails.

I have Glosso that is being replaced with Ranalisma Rostrata this weekend, Vals, Swords, ferns, Blyxa, Anubias Nana Petite, Java Fern and I don't know the names of the rest.

What should the Nitrate level be?

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I just did a water test. I changed out 50% of the water 5 days ago.

pH - 7
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 0
Ammonia - 0
Hardness - 9 or 161
Alkalinity - 9 or 161

According to the chart, the CO2 would be around 26-28. According to the bubble checker, it is light green.
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You don't have any nitrates because your plants are sucking it up faster then the fish can make it. In a normal planted tank with just fish 10-20ppm nitrates is good. With shrimp you want it even lower, as they are sensitive. I suggest if you raise the nitrates do it slowly so your shrimp don't go suicidal on you.


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So raise the Nitrates by increasing the KNO3? I should be adding 3/4 tsp. 3 times a week but in reality, I usually only do it once a week.

I wish there was a way to automate the ferts.

Also, does it matter that I do them all at once?
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Damn lucky, I've never managed to get my nitrates to 0. Out of the tap the tests reads 20ppm though water report says its never gone above 2ppm...
btw love the tank photo! Whats that white thing a little left of center on the substrate? ceramic statue?

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I give them privacy and some good moss to breed in. :-)

+1 on the privacy. My problem is just the opposite...mature tank syndrome.


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I thought I was supposed to have Nitrates for a planted tank.

My koi pond always has 0 Nitrates because I have it set up on semi-flow through and also do about 3000 gallon water changes every week. I'm on a well so I have 0 everything out of the tap and 5 pH.

Thanks, AquaAurora. Yes, the statue is a mermaid that Meganne who posts here made for me.

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