Nitrate Control is Real Aquarium Algae Control

Yellow tang in reef tank

High nitrates in the aquarium inevitably results in algae outbreaks. This can be thick algae growth or green aquarium water. Controlling nitrates is the best option for controlling algae in the aquarium.

Where Does Aquarium Nitrate Come From?

Clown trigger fish

Nitrate can not be avoided in aquariums. Nitrate results from the natural break down of waste inside the fish tank. Learn more about its sources and how to minimize overall nitrate.

How to Remove Nitrate From the Aquarium

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Aquarium nitrate is most commonly removed through regular water changes. However, adding live plants as well as nitrate removers can help keep nitrates low.

Nitrites and the Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle

Fish in a planted aquarium

Nitrites are a natural part of the aquarium nitrogen cycle. Nitrite is highly toxic for fish and levels must be kept undetectable at all times. Nitrite can quickly become lethal for fish.

Cycling the Aquarium Without Fish

Yellow Cichlid Fish in Aquarium

Traditionally a fish tank is setup with live fish from the onset. It exposes fish to high levels of toxicity. To avoid this, consider cycling the aquarium without fish.

Effects of Ammonia on Aquarium Fish

Pleco Catfish Hypostomus Plecostomus aquarium fish

Ammonia is a toxic by-product of the aquarium nitrogen cycle. It’s the first nutrient produced by nitrifying bacteria. Ammonia should never be detectable in an established aquarium.

Nitrate & the Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle

Colorful saltwater fish in reef tank

Aquarium nitrate is the final by-product of the nitrogen cycle. It’s the least toxic nutrient, however it must be regularly removed to avoid algae outbreaks.