Is 0 ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite bad for the planted tank?
So is it bad to have constant 0's when it comes to Nitrite and Nitrate? I test every week and they are always at 0. I think this is causing my java fern to yellow on its older leaves due to nitrogen deficiency. Would I be correct in thinking this?
Nitrate should be around 10-15 for plants. Are you shaking the second nitrate bottle vigorously? If not it will read zero.
Do you have fish in there?
Yes I shake it for a full timed minute like the direction s say to. And yes I have 9 blue tetras and a dwarf gouarami in the tank. I test the water every Monday and do a 25% WC. Should I just do less of a WC so it can build up? Or add water from my non planted cichlid tank when I change it (That tank is usually at 40 - 80)?
Besides shaking the test tube for a minute make sure that you are shaking the nitrate #2 bottle for at least 30 seconds.
Yes I shake that for a full minute also. I'm fairly certain that my plants are eating everything up because I added a quart of water from my 55 gallon that had 80+ ppm nitrate 2 days ago and when I tested the water this morning I got all 0's again. So this time I added 2 quarts of the 80+ ppm water and I will test in 12,24, and 36 hours to see how fast it is cleared to 0.