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  1. Default Can I use Seachem Prime to drop Nitrates?


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    My parents tank has a high nitrate reading (around 80) and I was wondering if I could add some Seachem Prime to the tank to temporarily drop the level until a water change can be done? I know it drops Ammonia and Nitrite but im unsure about Nitrate.

    If this can be done how much shall I use (its a Juwel Rio 300 tank)?
    Last edited by serbusfish; 12-10-2012 at 02:17 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by serbusfish
    My parents tank has a high nitrate reading (around 80) and I was wondering if I could add some Seachem Prime to the tank to temporarily drop the level until a water change can be done? I know it drops Ammonia and Nitrite but im unsure about Nitrate.

    If this can be done how much shall I use (its a Juwel Rio 300 tank)?
    I believe the only thing you can do to drop nitrates is a water change - I suppose it's faster to add something to the tank, but it won't change the nitrates.

    I suppose the best you can do to avoid this in the future is change the water more often, vacuuming the gravel, etc. to avoid the high nitrates in the 1st place.
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    I know those tanks. They come with a fair sized internal filter which does a good job.. If you got high nitrates there's three options

    1. it's massively overstocked
    2. Your swapping out sponges too often
    3. the watersource itself is contaminated.

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    prime will not help with nitrates.

    Quote Originally Posted by talldutchie
    I know those tanks. They come with a fair sized internal filter which does a good job.. If you got high nitrates there's three options

    1. it's massively overstocked
    2. Your swapping out sponges too often
    3. the watersource itself is contaminated.
    Any of those COULD be true but the easiest way to get high nitrates is simply to not do enough water changes. Having good filtration does not do anything to reduce nitrate buildup.
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    Check your filter(s.)- They may be dirty Test your water supply. Prime will only detoxify nitrate and will not work forever. It is like putting a bandaid on the problem. If your water supply is the issue, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, would be to call your water company and ask why you are getting such high levels and what they intend to do about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by talldutchie
    I know those tanks. They come with a fair sized internal filter which does a good job.. If you got high nitrates there's three options

    1. it's massively overstocked
    2. Your swapping out sponges too often
    3. the watersource itself is contaminated.
    Yes it is overstocked, and they only do water changes usually once a month, so yeah I know what the cause is, I was just looking for a temporary solution til a water change could be done. Ive tried to make them see they need to do more regular changes but so far they havent listened. Ive also advised they get rid of some of the fish but again they are very stubborn (my dad anyway).

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    I've got 5ppm nitrates in my tap water. I did some experimenting with Prime and the claim of it reducing nitrates. At the recommended dosage, Prime did not bring the nitrates down to zero. When I put 5x the amount, the nitrates still remained the same; this is the maximum dosage for Prime. When I put 10x the amount it went to zero; however you shouldn't put this much Prime in your tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by serbusfish
    Yes it is overstocked, and they only do water changes usually once a month, so yeah I know what the cause is, I was just looking for a temporary solution til a water change could be done. Ive tried to make them see they need to do more regular changes but so far they havent listened. Ive also advised they get rid of some of the fish but again they are very stubborn (my dad anyway).
    Unless you are able to do water changes for them more frequently, he's going to be dealing with dead/ill fish pretty soon if the nitrates aren't brought down. Did you also test for ammonia?
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    5 gal QT
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    Prime also does not drop ammonia or nitrites. It simply makes them less toxic. Two large water changes need to do done on that tank to drop those nitrates levels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
    Prime also does not drop ammonia or nitrites. It simply makes them less toxic. Two large water changes need to do done on that tank to drop those nitrates levels.
    Well I did a water change and used prime on my tank yesterday and my nitrite reading went from 1ppm to 0ppm and its still there now. It is supposed to drop them for 48h in which time the filter is still able to grow the bacterial colonies, they advise to use prime every 48h to keep fish safe during a cycle.

    Anyway I will try and get them to do a water change on their tank, most likely i'll end up doing it for them. What % should be done?

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