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Instructions and Help about Can Form 843 Excess

Hey, what's up YouTube! In tonight's video, I'm going to talk a little bit about nitrate removal. I'm getting a lot of questions in the comments of my videos about fish behavior and high nitrate levels. So, first of all, let's understand what nitrates are. Nitrates are a byproduct of fish waste and organic matter decomposition in the aquarium. The goal for fishkeepers, whether it's freshwater or saltwater, is to keep nitrate levels at a level that won't harm the fish. Some suggest keeping nitrates below 20 ppm, while others say below 5 ppm. It ultimately depends on each individual tank's ecosystem. Personally, I don't test for nitrates frequently. I focus on regular maintenance to keep nitrate levels acceptable for my tanks. Water changes are a great way to remove nitrates from the aquarium. However, it is important not to go overboard with excessive water changes that could disrupt the balance of the tank. In my experience, I find that doing a 50% water change every other day or a 90% water change once a week can be too drastic for the fish and the overall system. Instead, I prefer doing water changes every two weeks, about 25-30% of the tank volume. This helps maintain nitrate levels under control without causing major disruptions. Having plants in the tank can also help control nitrates. They consume nitrates, although they also produce them. It's a balance that can benefit the overall health of the tank. Just be careful not to go overboard and disturb the tank's cycle and balance. Another factor to consider is the cleanliness of your filters. Regularly cleaning them and replacing any filter media can help prevent the accumulation of organic matter that concentrates nitrates. However, be mindful not to rinse the media excessively, as it can disturb the beneficial bacteria colonies. Lastly, don't forget...