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What Are The Signs Of High Nitrates In Aquariums?

As a fish owner, I knew that toxins like nitrate can be lethal to aquarium fish, especially in high concentrations. Unfortunately, for many years, I didn’t know what signs are associated with this condition. These signs typically indicate that nitrate has spiked in your tank: Algae will increase in your tank for no apparent reason. …

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Do Algae Eat Nitrate? (As Well As Ammonia & Nitrite)

I always knew that aquarium plants can help against toxins like ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. However, for quite some time, I couldn’t help but wonder whether algae would do the same thing. Algae will consume nitrogen compounds, including ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite. The highest affinity is towards ammonia, which can be consumed pretty quickly. However, …

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How Long Does It Take For Nitrate Levels To Go Down?

Fighting nitrate in fish tanks can be pretty frustrating, especially in new tanks that require cycling. As I suffered from this issue pretty extensively in the past, I decided to dedicate an entire article to this topic. This is how long it takes for nitrates to go down, depending on the method you choose: Water …

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What Should The Nitrate Level Be In A Fish Tank?

I remember how every time I tested my aquarium water, I kept asking myself if the nitrates were too high. As I knew they have different toxicity than ammonia and nitrites, I kept feeling confused when I got results like 10, 20, and 30ppm. Ideally, aquarium water nitrate should be kept under 20ppm. Nitrates are …

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What Will Remove Nitrates From Aquarium Water?

A positive nitrate test is pretty common in home aquariums, and it immediately raises one question: what can actually remove it? As I asked this question so many times in the past, I decided to gather everything that I know into one article. These are the main ways to remove nitrates from aquarium water: Water …

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Aquarium Nitrate vs. Nitrite: Differences, Toxicity, & More

Many aquarists know that nitrates and nitrites are bad for an aquarium, but not everyone knows the differences between the two. As I asked myself these questions many times before, I decided to gather all the relevant information into one article. These are the general differences between nitrates and nitrites in aquariums: Nitrate Nitrite Chemical …

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How To Test For Aquarium Nitrate: The Complete Guide

While most fish owners know that toxins like nitrate can be dangerous, not everyone knows how to test for it or how often to do so. Therefore, I decided to gather everything I know about this topic into one article. You can test your aquarium for nitrate by using a test kit. Most fish owners …

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Aquarium Ammonia 101: Causes, Solutions, Products & More

Even after years of experience, I admit that ammonia spikes can be a serious headache. That is especially true for aquarists who deal with the issue for the first time, as ammonia can be pretty difficult to eliminate. So, after years of learning from mistakes, I decided to gather some of the most frequent questions …

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