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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....
    This is the 55 gal with 4 goldfish...

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    My hypothesis is that you don't have enough filtration on the tank, so you haven't grown enough bacteria (for lack of room on your media) to handle the severe bioload if four goldfish. That's why nitrites are spiking out if control.

    This is a theory, let's wait and see if anyone else thinks that could be part of it.
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    You need to keep doing large PWCs and let the bacteria play catch up to the bio load.
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    FINALLY!!!! After a kazillion water changes we are at Nitrites = 0.5 and Nitrates = 40. I have added a few plants, so we shall see.

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    Good deal, keep at it, you'll get there
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    Sweet! I love to see this starting to pay off for you. Hang in there, you're close.
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    Now we are at 0 ammonia, 0.25 nitrites, and 40 nitrates; moving right along! I put some plants in the tank to absorb some nitrates and the little jerks keep uprooting them. Anyone have experience with aquatic onion plant? It has a bulb that I can wedge in with some rocks.

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    try floating some hortwort. it eats nitrates
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    Yes, floating plants are best here, as they are fast growing and thus take up a lot of ammonia. And by the way Jeff, plants do not use nitrates, they use ammonia/ammonium. The nitrates will lower with plants because less ammonia gets to nitrite to nitrate. Plants only use nitrate when ammonia/ammonium is lacking.

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