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Nitrate fixing... Roger Cutler
Just had a look at South Staffs Water quality for my area. Here are just two: Nitrate 33.6 min - 42.1 max. I get a regular reading of 40ppm in the tank. PH 6.8 - 7.8 is the same approximate for tank. Question is, should I try to remedy the high Nitrate reading (nitrite 0 in tank)?
I would personally. Mix with rainwater (or RO).
Angus Cormac Thomas Trelawney-hardy
You could use a nitrate removing filter media like Seachem Denitrate or Matrix (there are many others on the market) if you don’t want to lug around RO water. It’s just another option to keep in mind.
Plants. Plant your tank heavily, they will suck up the nitrate. Its all the fertilisers farmers are starting to put on the fields washing off in the rain into the water supply. I am also south staffs water (Hopwas supply).
Personally I’d go with RO, or some kind of nitrate filter which would require filling up Jerry cans. RO also allows you to alter your water hardness and TDS and a lot of fish which are soft water will prefer it. Just remember to remineralise it.
Thanks everyone, will get some more plants and check out filters.