Zero Nitrates in 60L tank

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Zero Nitrates in 60L tank

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I have a 60L tank which is heavily planted with a large piece of bogwood. I'm leaving the tannins in the water (by that I mean I'm not using carbon or zeolite) and I have not done a water for over a month because I have zero nitrates. I have one Siamese fighting fish, about 10 ember tetras, ten endlers guppies, four pygmy coryiadoras, 5 armano shrimps, ten red Cherry shrimps and a Vampire Pleco at about five inches. My tap water is 20% Nitrate, PH7.4 and Very Hard. My PH in the tank is about 6.9 with 0% Nitrates and the water is still hard. Is this normal?

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Re: Zero Nitrates in 60L tank

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Seems rather high stocking but if a aquarium is planted heavily enough the plants will adsorb all the nitrates out of the water column.

Have you any pictures of your sardine tin, sorry aquarium? :grin:
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Yes, the vampire plec on it's own would constitute overcrowding, it should be in a 3' tank, and the betta has a good source of food (if it gets anything like mine did with small fish) if you can't supply any. ;)
Other than that, the nitrates in my tank are always very low (and often zero), but there aren't any measurable from the tap either. :)

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I do, and I'll keep checking for nitrates, Oh by the way I also have three Nerite Snails and quite a few Assasin Snails :)


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It looks very nice, but there's not a big enough footprint in that shape for a plec. ;)

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plankton wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:00 am
It looks very nice, but there's not a big enough footprint in that shape for a plec. ;)
The plec is just a youngster and soon to be re-homed in one of my larger tanks. He's in pre-school at the moment :D

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Re: Zero Nitrates in 60L tank

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Ok, now we want to see the larger tank ;o)

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