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hi guys -

ok so i got a test kit (tetra test strips, i know) and i want to dose equilibrium into my tank of r/o water (established tank). according to the test strip these are my readings -

nitrate btw 50-100
nitrite - 0
gh - around 180 ppm
kh - 0-50
ph - 7.2 (usually at 6.8)

thanks for the help
 

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i would get a more accurate test kit... Get the Aquarium pharmaceuticals kits.
it's pricier but you can take more tests and is more accurate.

your nitrate is a little high.
 

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nitrate btw 50-100
to maintain a lower nitrate I would vacuum the gravel, rinse all filter media and filter pipes, reduce fish feeding by half, and do a 75% water change. then use a nitrate sponge media to get that down to a more manageable level. remove that nitrate sponge media after a day or so, then continue under feeding your fish. you may also have too much bio load from too many fish shrimp snails etc., so reducing their population should be considered as well. don't bother with gimmicks like 4-day blackouts; it does not help lower nitrates longer term. many will debate what is considered a good nitrate level. I personally like to get keep mine between 5-10ppm, but many are comfortable with 20ppm in their tank. However most would agree over 40ppm is too high, and needs to be addressed first before dosing other fertilizers like equilibrium. technically equilibrium will provide some micro ferts that will encourage your plants to utilize more macro ferts like nitrate, however you nitrates are already so high that it indicates your tank chemistry cycle is out of balance, and this must be resolved first.
 
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