Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Did you use a cycled filter on it? If so, then the filter media was cycled and it's converting all the excess ammonia into nitrites and nitrates. The fact that there is nitrites still could be the overwhelming amount of ammonia the aquasoil is putting out and there isn't a bacteria load for it.
The other option is because you planted so heavy off the start, plants roots, leaves, etc, all would bio bacteria on them, especially the roots from I assume your other tank and they are adding to the cycle, again, the massive amounts of ammonia could be a lot for the initial bacteria load to handle.
You are getting a false positive because of the prime in your water, although by day 5 that shouldn't happen anymore. It's usually only the first few days that prime affects test results.
Last option, iunno. lol.
20g platy, , 2 x 10g shrimp, 3 x 20g shrimp, 7.5g shrimp and 1 great dane/mastiff puppy.
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