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First tank(24hrs old), making sense of parameters.

I have a 20 gallon dirt tank, heavily planted, seeded with mature water and filter media. My ammonia is maybe 0.125ppm, nitrites 0, nitrates 10ppm. How long should one typically wait to see the ammonia go up in a new tank? If I see no ammonia spike should I add some and see how the tank handles it?
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I have a 20 gallon dirt tank, heavily planted, seeded with mature water and filter media. My ammonia is maybe 0.125ppm, nitrites 0, nitrates 10ppm. How long should one typically wait to see the ammonia go up in a new tank? If I see no ammonia spike should I add some and see how the tank handles it?


You'll mostly get the generic answer of it depends on each tank. If im not mistaken the ammonia spikes happen mainly because of new substrates so depending on your substrate it might not happen which i dont think is a bad thing depending on what you want to keep in the tank


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Yes it seems substrates can take a couple weeks at least if not seeded.


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