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    Quote Originally Posted by Trillianne View Post
    I suppose its possible if you have issues with a septic or fertilizer (think farm or lawn) run off contamination issues... but if its above 1.0ppm that's above what the EPA has set for max contamination and I'd be in touch with whomever is responsible for your water. (link to EPA guidelines on Nitrites in tap water here)
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    Whoops! I was just scanning before. Sorry I totally just repeated exactly what you already said.

    Running to work, will address the other post when I get there haha.
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    I live outside of Surprise AZ in the desert; no fertilizer here. This is horse country, but it is sparse and there isn't non-stop ammonia producing stock. I am on a shared well with 88 people. Tested it with the same strips I have been using and 0 nitrates/nitrites.

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    "Am I going in the right direction??"

    Yes!

    "Also, some of you have mentioned the cannister filters; here are my questions:
    1) Inside or outside the 55 gal tank?"
    The cannister filter will sit outside of the aquarium (usually underneath inside the stand) with tubes for the intake and outtake that extend up into the aquarium.

    "2) How noisy are they, (both tanks are in the living room)??"
    I can't speak to every filter, but I have a large Eheim 2028 on my 90 gallon tank and I literally have to open the door of my stand and put my head down right next to the filter to even hear a humming noise. Even with that it's quiet.

    "3) Am I ready for such a beast, or stick with hang on filters for now?"
    I used to be all about the HOB filters, but since getting a cannister, I'll never have a tank without one again. I personally think they are easier to maintain than the hobs. Easy to take apart and easy to pick up and move to the bathroom for cleaning and rinsing.
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    My advice weouldc be to get a good canister and forget hang on back filters, for any tank 4 feet in length and up. I have used both for many years (HOB previously, now strictly canister). There is no need for two filters if the canister is rated to the tank size, and even if the fish demand more water flow, get a larger canister. One filter is sufficient for any aquarium that is balanced. And especially as you intend plants.

    My two Eheim Professionel 2 canisters have been in operation continually since 1996 and 1998 respectively and never a problem. I also have a Rena XP3 on another tank, which is a good filter, though it may not have the lifespan of the Eheim.

    BTW, on the snails, don't worry about these; they are your best friend in the aquarium. I have hundreds, fortunately, in my tanks.

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    Still at 0 nitrates and nitrites of 3.0. Another water change later.... API Master Kit is suppose to be here today.

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    Tested the nitrites last night with my handy brand new test kit. It was 1.0 and I did a 20 gal water change. I'll retest everything later today. Finally making progress!!

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    You will like that kit, much more accurate than strips, and it will last for many, many water tests
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    I'm really excited to see that your Nitrites are not as high as we thought. With 1.0 PPM Nitrite you'll want to do a 75% water change and then retest an hour later.

    Let me know what the liquid kit has to say about your nitrates. When you run that test shake the second bottle like your life depends on it. Just when you think you've shook it enough, shake it more vigorously for an extra 20 seconds to ensure accuracy of the test.
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    Not going to add more to all the advices you've received but:



    Glad you're taking it seriously and taking advices from members of the forum.

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    UNREAL!! Just got done testing it:
    pH=7.6
    high pH= 8.2
    nitrates=20
    NITRITES=5.0
    temp 78

    WTH is going on???? I tested our tap wate; 0 nitrites. I'll do some more water changes and report back....

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