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Vicloz2006
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Nitrate spike
« on: February 08, 2012, 09:40:22 PM »

Ok just tested the water quality on my quarantine tank with Daryl, Dale and Brian (last two are apple snails) in and I have a nitrate spike! I have done a 50% water change, let the fresh water stand a short while to get to room temperature before putting it in (I saw in another thread that if the water is too cold when you put it in it can shock the apple snails!) and I treated it with nutrafin aqua plus tap water conditioner! Is this right or is there anything else I nee to do to get rid of this spike! I haven't had a spike before and I'm not 100% sure of what to do! I am going to the pet shop tomorrow if there is anything else I need!
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Re: Nitrate spike
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2012, 10:38:19 PM »

What was the nitrate reading before you did the water change?

Doing a 50 % water change is always a good idea when you have any kind of  water abnormality or your fish's behavior is different in a bad way (darting around etc..).    So if your nitrate is 40 now, do a 50 % water change today , which should reduce the nitrate to 20 and perform another 50 % change tomorrow also.   You don't want drastic changes in water parameters like nitrate , pH, and water temperature , because it can shock the fish or possibly even kill them.   So performing a 50 % water change twice a month is better than doing doing 90%  water change once a month.

Some causes of nitrate spike:

1:)  Overcrowding = too many fish for the tank size and overfeeding your fish (solution = get appropriate tank size and only feed what your fish can eat in a few minutes)
2:)  A lot of fish poo and uneaten food in the gravel  (solution = vacuum the gravel)
3:)  Dirty filter (solution = clean filter pad/or filter cartridges to remove fish wastes and other organic matter. If the filter pad is in good condition, you can rinse it in old aquarium water and reuse it many times before you need to replace it .)

 Adding plants can also help to control nitrate level . Plants utilize nitrate for growth. You should also perform regular water changes (like 2 times a month)  to help control the nitrate level in your fish tank. The frequency of your water changes is dependent on your fish stocking level and how much you feed them.


The methods above are usually the best way to control nitrate. Just muscle power and a good water conditioner to remove chlorine/chloramine.
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Vicloz2006
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Re: Nitrate spike
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2012, 04:33:10 AM »

Thank you Nossie! Hopefully he will be going back in the main tank today, which I need to upgrade, but I don't have the funds or room at the moment! I am looking at having a mass clear out and getting one a bit later in the year! I just have too many other things to pay for at the moment to be able to afford a new tank!  Sad
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Re: Nitrate spike
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2012, 05:10:54 AM »

That was nabi Wink
I didn't even post because I thought it was such a good reply! Cheesy Hope you'll get it all sorted out though... Smiley Just keep up with the water changes and hope for the best Smiley
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Vicloz2006
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Re: Nitrate spike
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2012, 09:24:25 AM »

Sorry nabi! I was in a rush! I read your post responded but only skimmed the name! My bad! Well there are no fish in that tank now! My snails are in it at the moment so I will keep up with water changes and water conditioner!
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Re: Nitrate spike
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2012, 10:01:19 AM »

If you wish to avoid spikes, which are pretty much inevitable in a small(?) quarantine tank, then add a product such as easyBalance.
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