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How to get 0 nitrate?

Should I get purigen or get an extra filter? My nitrate is around 30 right now. I have a lot of moss and plants in my crs tank, but I want to get away with changing water as little as possible. Thanks
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Umm having 0 nitrate.. isn't ehhhh exactly a great idea lol. You risk getting blue-green cyanobacteria algae. It may be a pain to eradicate, unless you know the right methods. Anyway, why is it that you don't want to do water changes? Very busy schedule?? I mean, well sure, purigen can definitely help.. but 0 nitrate isn't seriously recommended, in my opinion.. and plus, your plants will really suffer without some of it. I suggest you leave it at 5.0 to 10 ppm. Up the amount of fast growing plants you have in your tank to help eat up your high nitrate. If you could do a water change, you should just do it.. high organics build up over time, topping off the tank won't do the plants any good it'll add TDS, unless your plants extremely love metals, minerals, maybe it's okay to leave the TDS to increase, but meh it's just not good to have too much of it.. I highly recommend doing water changes to reduce the nitrate levels. Simple as that. By the way, how much do you feed your shrimps? You may possibly be overfeeding.

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Add fast growing plants. I have found hornwort to be the BEST nitrate soaker than any other plant that I know of. Better than frogbit, duckweed, water lettuce, etc. Although water lettuce and frogbit is pretty darn good too...
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+1 to Ebichua's suggestion of adding floaters. Add several different types and choose the one that grows fastest for you.


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Purigen will help. I run it on all my tanks and they are all between 0-5ppm Nitrate and I feed daily. And I don't have floaters in any of my tanks, just moss and the occasional java fern. I do water changes of 10-15% once a week. If you want to just not do the water changes as often I'd do as suggested, Purigen, floaters, cut back feeding.


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Something like pothos growing out of a tank can rob a whole lot of nutrients... Most philodendrons work, also spider plants and just about anything water loving..


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Plants need Nitrates as expressed earlier. You should shoot for a target range of about 20 ppm.

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Plants need Nitrates as expressed earlier. You should shoot for a target range of about 20 ppm.
Some more sensitive shrimp can't tolerate nitrate that high.


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I had 40ppm and got the Nitrates down to 5ppm coz I had shrimps dying in the tank.
I would aim for 5ppm anything lower than that will bring up another set of problems.
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Using Zoomed 501 with full seachem de*nitrate would always keep your nitrate level equals 0.


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Using Zoomed 501 with full seachem de*nitrate would always keep your nitrate level equals 0.
Doubtful de*nitrate requires low flow rates to remove nitrate.
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Good light, lots of plants, some CO2, do not overfeed, and don't add any NO3-.
More biofiltration won't help. Denitritification does not generally occur in our tanks. For that you need anaerobic areas for certain bacteria to use nitrate as a terminal electron acceptor in their anaerobic respirative metabolism.

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I have pothos wrapping around the outside of my 45g heavily planted overstocked tank and my nitrates are always at a constant 5ppm. I never have to do any water change for a little over a year now just top ups.
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I'm planning on growing Chinese evergreens on my hang on back filter to see if it'll help.
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I'm planning on growing Chinese evergreens on my hang on back filter to see if it'll help.
that's exactly where I have my pothos are rooted, in my hob instead of media. The only means of filtration I have is the sponge on the hub filter intake and the plants themselves. Amazing how nature does the best job than anything we invent.
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