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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-25-2016, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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Betta tank curiosity

So I haven't been the most diligent with my tank maintenance (I've got two, a 37g tetra community and a 5.5g autolinking image). I've been doing a 50% water change every three weeks to the 37g that is moderately planted (mix of real and plastic) and the water parameters were better than I was expecting (haven't tested them in four months). 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 20ppm nitrates. I was more worried about the autolinking image tank, because even though I do change about 80% of the water, it's on the same schedule as the 37g. Now mind you, the testing was brought on by curiosity and not fish worries. All fish are behaving normally, still quite hungry every time I feed them and seem to be healthy.

Then I was astounded, my nitrates turned up 0 (along with ammonia and nitrite) in my betta tank. I was apprehensive about the result, maybe I had made a mistake at some point during the testing. Due to my skepticism, I decided to test it a second time and a second time it turned up 0. The tank has a rather large piece of driftwood that takes up a bit of space in the tank that is still releasing a bit of tannin. It has three anubia plants. The betta is almost alone, except for a few MTS that sneaked in. There's some algae growth on the driftwood. And the betta is great, absolutely no concerns about his health. Could it be the tank setup?
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Re: Betta tank curiosity

Often times, with low bio-load and enough live plants, I've actually had to ADD nitrates to my tank to keep my plants healthy. Anubias steal nutrients that they need from the water, more so than any stem plants that you would plant in the substrate and take their nutrients from a root system. I'm not surprised at all.

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