Why does this happen and how do I prevent it?
Nitrite is a naturally occurring chemical in your aquarium and is created through the breakdown of ammonia by bacteria in your pond as part of the Nitrogen cycle.
The main causes of high nitrite are:
- immature or damaged biological filter
- over stocking of fish
- over feeding of fish
To prevent high nitrite levels:
- maintain a healthy environment by reducing waste and encouraging healthy bacteria to grow using a Bio Start product
- add aeration by creating an area of water flow with a waterfall or fountain
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?
Use with any of the above