Hard to say what your nitrate level is and how you tested and with what kit you used and how you used it and also how you interprit it, you may or may not have more N03 in the tank than you think, goldies are waste producers.
Why not just do more frequent water change to control the P.
- I'm using the AP test with drops - there is essentially no
color change, it stays yellow (maybe
slightly darker yellow, which is why I estimate 1-3 instead of 0) I'm very careful to shake the bottles and wait the correct amount of minutes as per instructions. I tested the kit with a different water source that has known nitrates and it did work on that source.
So, again, where are my nitrates? Is it possible that my plants are consuming all of them?
- I tried large, frequent water changes for the phosphates, which reduced the cloudiness a little, but it would come back in a day (phosphates in my source water are 0.5) This is why I'm not sure if I was having a bacterial bloom at the same time. Any way it seems to be stable now.
- Ok I understand more about the co2, now. I think. Once I start injecting it (if I ever do) my parameters will change a bit, and the chart will become more useful?
But, if like Hoppy says, the test kits are basically useless, then its all just guesswork for those of us who don't want to invest in more expensive kits. Oh well.
Thanks for all the help, I know this isn't really a "planted tank" But I love the way it looks. The anubias and the moss balls are doing great as things are, the vals - well, hanging in there is about it. Planted in Eco-complete in glass vases. The one in the right hand corner behind the driftwood is the best - well rooted and no dying tips.