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Andrea
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Where are my nitrates?
« on: November 25, 2010, 08:37:52 PM »

They've gone  Shocked Or at least they are hiding! Well after treating Sunshine with melafix and pimafix for 7 days, I did about a 50% water change on Wednesday and everything seems to be going well. Last night I tested my water and everything was good but my nitrate reading was zero! I thought I'd made a mistake so I gave up and re-tested this morning and I got zero again.

Now with melafix in the past I've had experience with it making nitrates drop because with Clementine when I was treating her for that little bit of fin rot, before treatment nitrates were 20 and after it was 5, without doing a water change. Does anyone know why this would be?? Is it true or am I getting a false reading?? I don't think nitrates being at zero is good, but I don't know if it is really bad either. My tank is not re-cycling because everything else is as normal.

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Nossie
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Re: Where are my nitrates?
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2010, 03:35:05 AM »

That's nothing to worry about, as long as the ammonia and nitrites are gone as well Wink
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Andrea
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Re: Where are my nitrates?
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2010, 12:52:09 AM »

Thanks Nossie. I wasn't too sure.
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Nossie
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Re: Where are my nitrates?
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2010, 04:14:10 AM »

They'll be back! Grin
It could be that medicine is meddling a bit with the test results, but I wouldn't know since I'm not familiar with it Smiley
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Andrea
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Re: Where are my nitrates?
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2010, 10:21:51 PM »

I think that would be right, as I've seen it happen before. Still no trace of nitrates but I bet they start showing up after another water change.
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