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Old 11-15-2010, 08:15 PM   #1 
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Reduce Nitrate Levels? (Not a betta tank)

I have a 9 month old 55 gallon freshwater community tank.
I recently did a 25% water change on Saturday
Added easy balance plus (supposed to reduce nitrate levels)
Added water conditioner
Added Stress zyme
Tested the water
Nitrite is at a safe level
Ammonia is safe
PH is safe
The water is hard (trying to fix that
Chlorine no traces
Alkalinity safe
The water is kept at 78 degrees
I have a under gravel filter with ammonia cartridges
I have a hang on filter made for a 60 gallon tank

What can I do to keep the nitrate levels low?


I have
1 large Golden KilliFish
4 Large Buenos Aires Tetras
2 small Kissing Fish
2 Angel fish
3 small Giant Dainos
5 Cory Cats




The Nitrate is at 44ppm
I just changed all the filter cartridges on Saturday with the water change.
I do have 4 live plants in the tank. I cut the dead leafs off as soon as possible.
When I clean the tank I also syphon the gravel.
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Old 11-15-2010, 08:33 PM   #2 
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hmmm nitrate huh? well this is what i would do but my fish tank really doesn't really have any nitrate but hace u ever heard of something called cycling?
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Old 11-15-2010, 08:36 PM   #3 
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Yes I have. I did it when I first got the tank. I let it cycle for a month before adding fish into the tank.

I try to do a 25% water change weekly and a 50% water change every three months for sure.
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Old 11-15-2010, 08:45 PM   #4 
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Change the water more often?
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:18 PM   #5 
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Well I think you just need to be doing more WC's until the levels come down. Do you regularly change your cartridges? Some filters have crappy biofilters and by removing the cartridge you could be launching your tank into a mini cycle. Live plants can help as well. If you don't want to mess with the whole lighting/algae/c02 thing you can get a terrestrial plant (such as pothos) that can root in the water. I have read on other forums that "it's a very effective way of reducing nitrates between partial water changes." People even call them "nitrate filters". It can add a nice look to the tank as well and the roots give the tank a cool look :)

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