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Old 04-30-2009, 06:46 PM   #1 
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Lighting and big drop in nitrites.

I was experiencing a problem with diatoms so I have kept my aquarium light off until I get home from work. A ton of natural sunlight enters my apartment through the large window, so I figured the plants in the tank would be fine. The diatom situation is improving, and to my surprise, my nitrites are much much lower than before I decided to leave the light off during the day. I'm bad with colour so I could not figure out the exact level of nitrites with the test kit but it was definately over 0.8 mg/L before I kept the lights off. This was perhaps 3 or 4 days ago. I just tested minutes ago and the level is 0.1 mg/L. I'm going to test again in tomorrow to double check. I have no idea if there's any correalation or if there was an error in my testing, or whatever. Really, really curious as to what you think, know, have experienced, etc.

Many thanks.
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