Originally Posted by DefStatic
Plants will help lower Ammonia and Nitrates way more than Nitrites. Beneficial Bacteria is what you need to take care of Nitrites.
Your goal should be a completed nitrogen cycle, where if you add water from a water change that has a trace of ammonia, your plants/BB convert it quickly to nitrites, which quickly get converted to nitrates, which do not build up and are taken care of by the plants.
my tank has been fully cycled since mid-Feb: 0 ammonia & nitrite and 40 nitrate. the nitrate keeps creeping up if I do not do WC every other day.
So I do not think my plants are doing its job to absorb the nitrate. Also,
FYI, the link on Nitrogen Cycle-betta specific sticky and it is differenet from how you understand the build up of Nitrate. Nitrate does build up if the WC is not kept up or if the tank is not clean (as in slack in vaccuming, overfeeding, leftover food decomposing, excretion not vaccumed)
...Once the nitrogen cycle has established your water prams should read:
Nitrate 5-10ppm ideally...You want to keep this under 40ppm..