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08-12-2007, 06:53 AM
I have a 55 gal African cichlid setup - total of 7 fish in the 4+ inch range each - mixed bag for species but they get along and I like the color variations. I do weekly water changes using my well water - change ~ 15%. The tank has been running well and stable for at least a year. Did my monthly pH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate check this morning - pH was 7.8, ammonia and nitrite were 0 ppm, nitrate was ~ 20 ppm. Normally runs < 5ppm - any need to do anything or be concerned? Thanks!

08-12-2007, 08:18 AM
Welcome to the forums,

20 PPM of Nitrates is def in the exceptable range. Test your tap water to see if thats the cause of the nItrate increase. If not increase the % of the water you change. That should help. It could also be a sign your filters need to be cleaned. Hope this helps. Good Luck