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Hey all,

I’m running a 15g fluval flex and recently rearranged my plants and they are having a hard time now, they were doing well before. I also added some root tabs, Few days later I noticed a nitrate spike, when testing, did immediate water change, and the. did water changed every other day for two weeks, but can’t get the nitrates down below 25 ppm after 3-4 days.. I now have some algae on the rocks and Anubis. I have holes in my water wisteria and rotala. Not really sure whats going on, any advice is appreciated! the tank has been set up since February.

Reading are:
Ammonia- 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 25ppm


Any help is appreciated!

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25ppm NO3 isn't bad. Root tabs release varying quantities of nutrients in an uncontrolled way and are not necessary. Can we get some more info in order to help you better? Please supply as much of the following as possible:

- Light (make & model): ideally, PAR and PUR reading at the substrate and photoperiod?
- CO2 setup (if any) and, if you inject CO2, what is the CO2 ppm level and how is it measured?
- Current NO3, PO4, GH, KH, pH and TDS readings?
- What you are dosing (product and quantity) and how often?
- Substrate type and how long has it been in place?
- What is your filter setup?
- Cleaning regimen (filter and water change frequency and amount)?
- Circulation: surface rippling and are all plants gently moving from top to bottom?
- What is your water source and do you use a water softener?

Please look up each of your plants to determine what, if any, special needs they may have. With this, you can see better if you are meeting the needs of the plant.
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All the above info needed as well as brand of root tabs and how many added and foot print of tank and water volume?
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Agree with @DaveKS and @Deanna - But the first thing I would look at is tank maintenance/water changes. Four months into a tank is a likely point to see issues if you have a buildup of organic waste from not quite getting enough 'gunk' out. A band-aid would be to add some activated carbon to your filter - if it is organic build up you will likely see a bit of improvement. Taking a hard look at your water changing frequency, quantity and technique may be fruitful.
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