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  1. #1

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    Ok gang, as you know in salt I relentlessly try to find ways to remove/lower nitrates in an effortless way as humanly possible. I have a 75G fresh with Barbs and Gouramis. Why? Cause I've always liked Barbs!
    So other than the obvious (no nitrate traps) how can I naturally reduce Nitrates. I know some plants can do it, but I really don't want to get into chemicals or Co2 etc. My lighting is 2 54W T5 HO bulbs. I can add another light bar if needed. The tank is tightly covered to prevent evaporation. My water as you can imagine is pristine with the worst of it being about 10 on Nitrates max. Canister is Eheim G160 filled with rings only, no filter materials as I have a sponge on the intake. Water changes every week, 33% or more (easy with home made python). I understand from Fishmommie that bamboo is great, but can it be completely submerged? The only real plant life I have is this floating stuff that propagates like crazy....So my friends, you fresh water geniuses give me some easy to understand (remember, I think salt is easier) ideas or solutions. As always, thanks in advance...
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    I do know that Bamboo cannot be completely submerged.
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    TBH, if your trates are at 10 as you state, there's no need to remove any more, with the tank size and stocking you have. TrAte removal in FW tanks is best done with PWC's. Are PWC's "natural"? That's debateable I guess, in nature lots of bodies of water are replaced by various natural means.
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    It just might be a little easier to increase your weekly water change amount from 33% to around 60 to 70% if you want a further reduction in nitrates

    As you are using a python anyways, that would not add any extra effort for you.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    The whole point is to cut my water changes. My salt is now every 2 weeks with all the steps I've taken. I'd like to get my fresh inline with my salt and not have to change it weekly. I like doing all the tanks in 1 go, and just 'git er dun!!!'
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  6. #6

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    Quote Originally Posted by gronlaura View Post
    I do know that Bamboo cannot be completely submerged.
    Dang!......
    Life is tough, it's even tougher if your stupid.
    If your not angry, your not paying attention...
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    10G Fresh (Beta)
    2 x 29G Breeders (cycling) to be ready for January 15

  7. #7

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    TBH, if your trates are at 10 as you state, there's no need to remove any more, with the tank size and stocking you have. TrAte removal in FW tanks is best done with PWC's. Are PWC's "natural"? That's debateable I guess, in nature lots of bodies of water are replaced by various natural means.
    Slap. They're that low because I change water weekly. I'd love to go monthly, lol
    Life is tough, it's even tougher if your stupid.
    If your not angry, your not paying attention...
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    10G Fresh (Beta)
    2 x 29G Breeders (cycling) to be ready for January 15

  8. #8

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    Lava rock can reduce nitrates.
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  9. #9

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cygnus View Post
    Lava rock can reduce nitrates.
    Like Basalt? Or Pumice? Doesn't that effect Ph?
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    2 x 29G Breeders (cycling) to be ready for January 15

  10. #10

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    The porous red and black lava rocks sold at the chain stores and LFS work well and do not effect ph. The white base rock and rainbow rocks can effect ph from what I've read.
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