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Nitrate Level?


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I was just informed today that I shouldn't have any Nitrates in my tank, it should be zero, here I have had my tank for over a year without any problems, the Nitrates would be between 20-40. Now I am going to strive to get it to 0. Does anyone know about this? My tank is currently at 10

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thank you for your reply, I bought a cory catfish today, I couldn't understand why my last catfish died, it was a green cory, and thats when they said that I shouldn't have any nitrates at all, so it confused me, I have been keeping my Nitrates between 10-20 with water changes every week to sometimes twice a week. then how much nitrate is too high? my understanding was not to get it over 100, what happens if you don't have any nitrates?? thanks so much

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Nitrates should remain below 40 - this is a healthy amount.

If you don't have any nitrates, it could just mean that a tank isn't cycled. When a tank cycles, ammonia is converted to nitrites and then nitrites to nitrates - which will then give you a reading.

Your catfish may have passed due to another reason - certainly not from high nitrates in your tank as they are well and truly in the safe range :)

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thank you so much! I thought I killed him! I hate losing any of my babies, I felt terrible when it happened. You have made me feel so much better :)

Are all cory cats just as hardy as these other, meaning, green, spotted and albino? The one that died was a green, just over night it happened.

Thanks again you guys, I would be lost without this post

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