Growing nitrates

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As my oscar continues to grow it seems my nitrate level is rising. I do one large water change a week. And adjusted my feeding so I'm not putting as much food in the tank. There are 2 days a week I don't feed. And on the days I feed I give 6 large hikari pellets and 2 algea wafers.
My api test kit is kind of hard to read but it's not in the red. And I cant tell if it's 10ppm or 20ppm. But I do notice it's darker than I normally see. Any advice on what I can do to keep nitrates low?

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OFL replied the topic: Growing nitrates

I know what you mean, those nitrate tests aren't always easy to read. I think you're doing the right thing, the nitrates are controlled by water changes. The bigger or more frequent water changes you carry out the lower the nitrates will be. You

What you could do is carry out two water changes each week, maybe one on Monday and another one on a Friday. However, it does really depend on how big your aquarium is. If the aquarium isn't very big and that will obviously mean you are limited on how much water there is in the aquarium. The smaller the aquarium the quicker the nitrate will build up.

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sammie replied the topic: Re:Growing nitrates

Currently he is in a 75 gallon. And at the moment I can only manage one water change a week. Long term is this still a healthy situation for my oscar? And if a guy was going to get a bigger tank what would the next size you would recommend?

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DRACO replied the topic: Re:Growing nitrates

75 gal for a single oscar is ok...
i suggest you try to observed your fish...
if you observe him/her breathing fast,
do large water change... i normally do that with my communiy tank...
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