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    Default my nitrate is high 40ppm

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    i did WATER CHange and cleaned cartridge filters fish look fine but so far reading the same

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    Did you test your tap water?

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    Quote Originally Posted by faolteam View Post
    i did WATER CHange and cleaned cartridge filters fish look fine but so far reading the same
    How did you clean the filters?

    As suggested above, test your tap water for trAtes

    What size tank, what fish are in it, and how often do you feed?....plants, no plants?
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    All the above are important questions.

    I'm also curious as to how much water was actually changed out. If you're doing less than 50% changes it will be difficult to see any change in a normal test kit. With those color bar charts you don't have any real accuracy. 55ppm, for example, could very well appear as 40ppm result on the chart as the chart jumps from 40 to 80 with nothing in between. If you do a 40% water change, that only brings you down to about 33ppm, which could still very well read as 40ppm on the chart.

    As said above, test your source water. If you can't detect any nitrates in the source water then that is a pretty good indication that you simply didn't do a large enough water change.

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    Great advice ^^^

    I will add the question of what types/sizes of filter vs size of your tank? You mentioned changing the cartriges? Do you have any other media in your (assuming hang on back) filter? How long have your filters been running? If its been a while sometimes a buildup of gunk (it a technical term ) within the filter and impeller (occasionally in the filter media /sponges) can lead to nitrate issues as well.

    When you get the nitrate under control addition of plants like water sprite, elodea (anarchis), hornwort, frogbit, water lettuce are some you can use in the tank. Many aquarist also use some common houseplants to absorb nitrate from the water like pothos, philodendron, wandering jew, ivy, coleus, sweet potatoes, even herbs though I wouldn't recommend eating these as any medications in the water would also affect the plants. Some also use the "lucky" bamboo plants (not really bamboo). You would just find a way to get the plant roots in the water; either directly or by placing the plant stems and roots (minus any leaves) within the filter area.
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