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  1. Default new to plants with a question

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    I got 4 plants on sunday, I put a small banana plant in each of my 2 10 gallons, and a java fern and an anubias in my 20 gallon. My question is the all 3 tanks was 40 on friday the 18th and today I tested them and all were down to 10, and 20 in the 2 10 gallons and 15 in the 20 gallon. Do plants that small and few make that much of a difference? I was amazed because my nitrates have never been below 40.

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    plants will use the nitrates, but I wouldn't think those particular plants would have lowered it that quick.

    How often do you do a WC and how much?
    As I get older I find myself thinking about the hereafter - I go into a room and then wonder what I'm here after.

    AC's Free Aquarium Ebook

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    25% weekly, but like I said it has never been that low. The only thing I have done differently is put the plants in the 3 tanks.

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    I am nowhere near the plant guy that Algenco is here, but I do agree that the degree to which you are seeing a decrease is surprising. Those plants are not fast growers and therefore would not likely absorb that amount of NitrAte. I wonder how much light you have on the tanks? Are you fertilizing?
    8 tanks running now:
    1x 220 gallon, 2x55 gallon, 1x40 gallon long, 1x29 gallon, 1x20 gallon long, 1x5.5 gallon, 1x2 gallon
    Gouramis, barbs, rasboras, plecos, corys, tetras, fancy guppies, swordtails, ottos, rainbow shark, upside-down catfish, snails, and Max and Sparkles the bettas.

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    If your nitrates are staying that high I would increase to 50% weekly, that's what I do in all my tanks, even without checking
    As I get older I find myself thinking about the hereafter - I go into a room and then wonder what I'm here after.

    AC's Free Aquarium Ebook

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    not fertilizing, in the eclipse, which is the 20 gallon it is 2 15watt T 8, and the 10 gallon, one has a 15watt, T8, and the other one has just a 15 watt aqua glo. Same lights I have had for the last few months. Nothing has changed other than the plants.

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