How to Adjust Nitrates in an Aquarium?

Answer High levels of nitrates in a fresh or saltwater tank lead to algal blooms and, more seriously, can poison your fish. Nitrates appear naturally in the tank from fish faeces and decomposing foods and... Read More »

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Nitrates in Aquatic Ecosystems?

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Nitrate levels can naturally rise in water in aquarium environments that host plants due to plant decay and lack of appropriate levels of nitrate-consuming aquarium flora. High nitrate levels can c... Read More »