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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-19-2014, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Will Osmocote plus tabs increase nitrites?

My nitrites were fine before adding the osmocote plus root tabs. But since adding them to the substrate, I can't keep my nitrites down!. I'm doing 25% water changes every day, but it's not working. Any advise from the experienced would be appreciated.
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Ive used a very heavy application of them for several months in my 75 and never seen a nitrite spike. My guess is there's something else going on.
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What is your stocking level and did you do anything else at the time you put in the caps?

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How much did you add? It's got ammonium, so can lead to nitrite if you add loads and/or it's not buried far.

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How much did you add? It's got ammonium, so can lead to nitrite if you add loads and/or it's not buried far.
Definitely correct. If they rise to the surface or not far enough it will leech ammonia and can cause a mini cycle. Took me forever to figure that out in my old tank that was running super high nitrates and registered nitrites often.

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Great to hear these things. Means I was correct in just using the beads as they come out of that bottle they come in. They do not loat so I use a tweezers to push then into the sub around any plant that I want them to fert.

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Raymond~I have 5 amano shrimp and a few red cherry shrimp in the tank. The only other thing I did was put two small pieces of submerged drift wood, that I got from a lake.

Bump: I put five (1 near each root feeder) tabs in the tank which is the aqueon evolve 8. Doesn't sound like much to me, but I'm new to all of this, so I could be wrong.
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1 Tab should be enough an Evolve 8, 2 the max. These cover 6 inches by 6 inches of space and the filtration takes a big portion for the dimensions. Did you mode it by chance?
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If the OP does not mind I would like to pick at this topic again. I am also having this issues where my bacteria can not keep up with nitrites. I recently added about 10 or less pieces of Osmocote Plus into my riparium style hanging planter between the clay substrate, is this in line with the OP's issue?

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