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Alright so my nitrates are around 40-60 After a water change. It was 40-60 before too. My shrimps and fish are doing well no overfeeding at all. Tank cycled already 3.5 weeks year old tank. I started with cycled media. Ph is 6.2,Nitrite and Ammonia is 0. I add 1.1ml of Tropica Specialized Fert everyday. I'm starting to think my test kit is messed up. It's the API Liquid. 3 months old.


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Alright so my nitrates are around 40-60 After a water change. It was 40-60 before too. My shrimps and fish are doing well no overfeeding at all. Tank cycled already 3.5 weeks year old tank. I started with cycled media. Ph is 6.2,Nitrite and Ammonia is 0. I add 1.1ml of Tropica Specialized Fert everyday. I'm starting to think my test kit is messed up. It's the API Liquid. 3 months old.


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Shake the living begeezus out of the reagents and test immediately. Wait 5-10 minutes for the colour to change.


Test your tap water too, there could be NO3- in your tap water

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Tested my water and 0 nitrates.


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I still need help! My water is 40-50 still and my tap is 0. My shrimps and fish are doing fine there eating and all. I'm really stressing over this!


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I still need help! My water is 40-50 still and my tap is 0. My shrimps and fish are doing fine there eating and all. I'm really stressing over this!


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How big is the tank?
Stocking?
How much are you feeding?
Is there a lot of mulm built up?
How often do you clean the filter?
How big is the filter?

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My shrimps and fish are doing fine
So what's the problem??

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So what's the problem??


I honestly don't know I'm just paranoid.


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How big is the tank?

Stocking?

How much are you feeding?

Is there a lot of mulm built up?

How often do you clean the filter?

How big is the filter?

10 Gallons

5 neon tetras and 8 dream blue shrimps

I feed minimum. How much the fish can eat in 20 seconds.

You mean that oil thing on top? Yes there's a lot.

Once a month since it's a Eheim 2213 in a 10 gallon

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if you think your test is messed up then dont assume nitrates are 0 out of the tap. like asked above^ all the details from your tank are necessary.

IF the test are correct, something is adding to your nitrate total. Sticking to the assumption your test is accurate, tap water is 0, youre either over stocked, over feeding, under filtered or combo of all three. but if heres the kicker.. if your test are accurate, and your tap is 0, and you do a water change.. and your nitrates dont change.. then there HAS to be nitrates in your tap. and to further prove that thoery go buy some RO water, wc and test again. or your simply reading your test wrong and have much higher levels than you think. maybe youre up at 80+ and cut it down to 50? deep red and not quite deep of a red are pretty damn similar looking in a test tube..

test your tap for ammonia/nitrites. also find your city water report. i learned of a originally unknown source of ammonia in my tap from their treatment process that was slowly causing algae, killing fish and giving headaches.

if not^ then buy another test kit and test again.

my tank is dirted and is still leaching heavily into the water column and i consistently find my nitrates well over 80 and i hardly dose N at all.
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I would be careful. Trying to solve a non-problem is often only going to lead to a real problem...
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Sounds like a somewhat familiar problem that has been reported by a number of folks. I cannot get a good reading on the API nitrate test and finally found the solution by changing to Salifert for the nitrate test.
Old subject which has come up every few years with lots of discussion but no real reason found for why it works for many but not for some.
But rather than beat myself further looking for what I am doing wrong, I found an answer quicker by changing brands. But I do admit that I jumped through a major number of hoops looking for the answer. Most suggest shaking the bottle but I even went into building a bottle shaker for a reciprocating saw and that STILL did not shake it enough!
Much quicker/easier to try a different brand?
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Nitrates really high

Hey guys,

I think I may know the problem. Before my nitrates were 10-20 max. After the rescape I added new Amazonia and maybe it is still leeching ammonia to the tank. Also I see that my alternather reinckii is melting a lot. I know for a fact that my water is all good. All my other tanks have 0-20 nitrates.


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Sounds like a somewhat familiar problem that has been reported by a number of folks. I cannot get a good reading on the API nitrate test and finally found the solution by changing to Salifert for the nitrate test.

Old subject which has come up every few years with lots of discussion but no real reason found for why it works for many but not for some.

But rather than beat myself further looking for what I am doing wrong, I found an answer quicker by changing brands. But I do admit that I jumped through a major number of hoops looking for the answer. Most suggest shaking the bottle but I even went into building a bottle shaker for a reciprocating saw and that STILL did not shake it enough!

Much quicker/easier to try a different brand?


Maybe I should switch to another brand. Maybe nutrifin?


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Hey guys,

I think I may know the problem. Before my nitrates were 10-20 max. After the rescape I added new Amazonia and maybe it is still leeching ammonia to the tank. Also I see that my alternather reinckii is melting a lot. I know for a fact that my water is all good. All my other tanks have 0-20 nitrates.
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You have found the culprit.
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You have found the culprit.


Lol, let's see what other people think before we call it a crime (;


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