Reduce nitrate levels before it effects your fish.
If left unchecked high nitrate levels can easily harm or even kill fish and like with many other toxins, older fish are normally the first to suffer. Nitrate Klear is the no-fuss solution to protect your fish from nitrate poisoning. Simply apply a treatment each month and let the friendly bacteria keep the nitrate levels under control. No need to keep testing water conditions just enjoy your fish in the knowledge that they are safe.
Effects of nitrates on koi and other fish
Unfortunately the first signs of nitrates being too high in your water can be your fish suffering or getting ill. Nitrates can enter a fish’s blood stream via its gills. This can lead to a condition known as Brown Blood. This happens when nitrates are at high enough levels that they can affect the fish’s haemoglobin in its blood reducing its ability to carry oxygen. When nitrates combine with haemoglobin it will turn the fishes blood from rich red to brown. The lack of oxygen will lead to a deterioration of the health of the fish as it slowly suffocates.
High nitrate levels have also been linked with damage to major organs in fish including their nervous system, kidneys, liver and spleen. Damage to any of these can severely shorten a fish’s life expectancy
What causes nitrate in water
Nitrates are created when ammonia produced by fish is broken down by bacteria in the pond. Ammonia itself is more harmful than nitrates and for this reason nitrates can easily be overlooked by pond owners. While aquatic plants can remove nitrates from a pond, high nitrate levels may require a quicker solution such as the targeted bacteria in Nitrate Klear.
Read how to Remove Harmful Nitrate From your Pond
- Clean out filters prior to using Nitrate Klear.
- Turn off UV light for 3 days during treatment.
- Use 1 tablet per 2,000 litres/500 gallons of pond water, add to bucket of pond water, stir and leave for a minimum of 2 hours for best results
- Stir again prior to distributing evenly over pond surface.
- For initial use we recommend an initial double/triple dose and then treat every 5-7 days.
- Badly affected ponds may benefit from higher dose levels until effect on nitrate level visible.
- Treat monthly.
A. 1 tablet per 2000 litres/500 gallons – We recommend that you use double or triple on the initial dose in order to build up bacterial colonies.
A. One of the clearest indicators that there may be an issue with nitrate levels in your pond is the behaviour of your fish. This may be fish surfacing, visibly gasping for air or staying near air stones. Nitrate poisoning can lead to the fish being more lethargic or also suffering from buoyancy issues.
Dose rate is 1 tablet per 2,000 litres / 500 gallons of water.
With over 100 billion bacteria per tablet, Envii Nitrate Klear is the simple way to deal with nitrates in your pond.
A. Nitrate levels should be kept between 20ppm and 60ppm. Anything above this can cause irreversible damage to your fish, including their liver, spleen, nervous system and kidneys.
Nitrate levels are easy to neutralise and can be done so within hours, using Nitrate Klear.
A. Nitrate is a by-product of the bacterial reduction of ammonia. Ammonia is released into your pond via fish waste, this is then converted into Nitrites by good bacteria and then finally broken down to Nitrates. Nitrates can be fatal to your fish if they are not kept in check. Providing your water parameters are stable and have been treated with Pond Equaliser, you should never have to worry about Nitrates but it is good practice to regularly test for them.
A. In addition to using Nitrate Klear there are a couple of things that you could do to try and reduce Nitrate levels in your pond. It may be necessary to do a 1/3 water change using tap water, if you do this, be sure to check your other levels as tap water contains heavy metals that such as copper that you don’t want in your pond. Increase the aeration of your pond when doing a water change.
A. High Nitrate, Nitrite or Ammonia levels in your pond can lead to fatal consequences to your fish. Brown Blood Disease is the most common problem linked to high Nitrate levels. The Nitrates combine with the Haemoglobin, (the protein molecule in red blood cells that transports oxygen) and make the red blood cells incapable of transporting oxygen. This then starves the fish of oxygen, you may see them gasping for air at the surface of the water.
A. Nitrate Klear comes in a tablet which means the bacteria are in a dormant state. Liquid activates bacteria from so leaving them in a bucket of pond water will wake them up. If possible leave bucket in the sun or warm area as this also helps speed up the process.
A. It is designed to target nitrate levels and is not a green water clearer – you need Pond Klear or Pond Klear Xtra for this task.
A. Yes, in fact we strongly recommend it if you have high nitrate levels, as it is likely that your pond will have a high level of organics.
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