High Nitrates in new planted tank
I have a 12 gallon long which is heavily planted (pretty much out of space for anymore).
I am using ADA aquasoil Amazonia, very high light, CO2, pps pro ferts (dosing daily according to green leaf aquariums recommended for high light/co2), and a daily does of excell.
I am using distilled water (0 tds) and reconsituting with slaty shrimp gh/kh.
All of my plants have been thriving. I purchased all of them online and except for two of them all came from tissue culture.
I had read that my ammonia would be high, followed by higher levels of nitrites, and then nitrates as the bacterial colonies develop and the tank cycles.
As I said the plants are growing unexpectedly fast. Also all of the plants that have the potential to be red are quickly changing color. I also have 0 algae so far.
I used plain distilled water for top offs. And a 40-50% water change each week.
I'm not too worried about it since everything is going so well, just very curious as to why my nitrates would be so high in a new tank.
I also tested the distilled water, it came up 0 in nitrates.
And before someone says it the water does not contain any copper. Most distilled water does not use copper pipes anymore as glass is a cheaper alternative.