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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?
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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?

If in doubt, add more plants!

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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)?
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I add water from my non planted cichlid tank to my planted tanks.

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Or add water from my non planted cichlid tank when I change it (That tank is usually at 40 - 80)?
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I add water from my non planted cichlid tank to my planted tanks.
Yup. Sounds like your bioload is plant heavy. Add more fish or maybe water changes aren't needed as often. Good luck!


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Yes I shake it for a full timed minute like the direction s say to
Besides shaking the test tube for a minute make sure that you are shaking the nitrate #2 bottle for at least 30 seconds.
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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.
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How big is the tank? Adding a quart of fertilized water to anything over maybe couple gallons is just going to dilute and not show up on your nitrate test.
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How big is the tank? Adding a quart of fertilized water to anything over maybe couple gallons is just going to dilute and not show up on your nitrate test.
It is a 6 gallon edge. How much water do you think I should try? A gallon? More?
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I think you should use real fertilizers, not old tank water. That way you can add what you need in the correct ratios. Keep in mind your plants need a lot more than just nitrates.
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