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    Is it just me or is their basically zero difference in color between 10 and 20 ppm nitrate and also between 40 and 80?

    This is 10 to 20 right? If I hold it a certain way it only looks like 5 but mostly it looks like 10-20.

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    At what point do you take action/do extra water changes to control nitrates? Beyond 20?
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    It's not just you.

    I rely more on this, instead

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    It's not just you.

    I rely more on this, instead

    http://www.americanaquariumproducts.com/Downloads.html
    Cool! Thanks! On that one 20 and 40 still look alike though lol.
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    At what point do you take action/do extra water changes to control nitrates? Beyond 20?
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    Do a water change once a week. In between weekly WCs, if the nitrates look closer to 40 then I would do an extra WC.
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    +1 to the above, in a cycled tank, weekly WC's usually will be sufficient to keep trAtes in check
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    +1 to the above, in a cycled tank, weekly WC's usually will be sufficient to keep trAtes in check
    Ya I get that I was just wanting to have a clear understanding of at what point to be concerned/adjust how much water is being changed. Thanks everyone!
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    I'll share with you my 120g nitrate experience.
    I added a lot of bioload at once when I consolidated my fish into the 120g to treat for internal parasites. I used to break even with nitrates due to the plants consuming it, but with the added fish (and growing fish) I suddenly tested 30ppm at the end of the week. I needed to change more water and/or more often than my usual routine.

    *I first tested my source water, it tested 0ppm.

    I could reduce the nitrate to 6ppm by replacing 80% of the water. I could either do that at once with one water change (which is what I did) or reduce them more gradually with two 55% water changes over 2 two days.

    Going forward, I would calculate how much nitrate is being produced at the end of the week. I would then change out enough water to bring that back to 0-5ppm, either by changing out more water on weekly WC day, or two smaller more frequent WCs.

    In my case, I also took this opportunity to grow more plants. These added plants use up the increased nitrate production, so I continue to monitor it closely. The bioload level is still changing as well. I even added terrestrial vine type and other houseplants growing emersed.

    BTW, it looks like 20ppm in pic to me.
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    A few more points, the first one alluded to above

    1. A planted tank will consume trAtes more than a non-planted one will, some plants are absolute trAte busters

    2. Dirty filters and media can harbor trAtes, it's important to have a filter cleaning schedule, and to stick with it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mspringer View Post
    Cool! Thanks! On that one 20 and 40 still look alike though lol.
    Really tho? Don't they?
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