Why does this happen and how do I prevent it?
Nitrate is a naturally occurring chemical in your aquarium and is created by the breakdown of Nitrite by bacteria in your pond as part of the Nitrogen cycle. Nitrate can also be introduced into an aquarium through the tap water you use.
To help prevent high nitrate:
- Encourage healthy plant growth which will use the nitrate as a food source – regularly feeding your plants will help to reduce excess nutrients
- Maintain a healthy pond by reducing waste and sludge and encouraging healthy bacteria to grow using a Bio Start product.
- Carry out water changes – first check that your tap water does not contain Nitrate.-
If you are keeping a pond with fish, we would recommend using a filter to help create a healthy environment for your fish and wildlife. Mechanical filtration will remove physical waste matter, whilst the Biological Filter will break down the chemicals released by waste through the Nitrogen cycle. Filters have the media needed to harbour and mature a strong biological filter to reduce water quality problems.
What treatment should I use?
Blagdon Wildlife Bioactive Sludge Control
For ponds without fish
Use with any of the above