bertie 83 wrote:I think we need rtr to jump in on this and explain it thoroughly lol
I just found the first time he explained it to me: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=28682
DGabbs, read RTR's first post on the above thread. Its good to have low nitrAte, but its just one pollutant out of hundreds that we can't measure with hobby test kits. Keep doing weekly water changes to keep water clean.
In overstocked tanks (such as the common cichlid tanks) needs nitrAte readings not to be skewed by plants or nitrAte reactor. Whether they know this or not, but its the measurement that helps them know when and how much water to change during a single week.