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First time testing

PH 7.1-7.2

NH3/NH4 .50ppm

NO2 0ppm

NO3 0ppm

Are these ok numbers to have ?
I am running high light and co2
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Ammonia should be zero.
NO3: unless this is a perfectly new tank, it shouldn't be zero.
pH is almost meaningless.
How much CO2?
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The bps are too fast to count, it's a 90g tank. I started with 2-3 bps, but it was never enough to get my drop checker to turn green. All my plants are growing very well an all the fish seem fine. How would I get that to 0ppm ?
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Some test kits seem to report traces of ammonia when certain dechlorinators have been used recently.
My water tests seem to show about .25-.5 ppm when I have used Prime in the last 24 hours.
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The problem with hobbyist test kits - actually with all test equipment - is that they don't always give the right answer. Some times we don't use the kits right, and some times they just aren't that accurate.

Since all of your plants are growing well, assuming you have enough plants, there will be no measurable ammonia in the water. If you use Prime, or a similar dechlorinator when you add more than small amounts of tap water to the tank, you may have some ammonia from chloramine, if that is used by your water supplier, locked up but still being measured by the test kit.

If your plants are growing well and fast, you may have to dose more nitrates to keep the level from dropping and staying near zero. In fact if you have more than very low light you should probably be dosing all of the nutrients, NPK and trace elements.

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So are my numbers ok ? Or should I do something ?
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So are my numbers ok ? Or should I do something ?
How long has your tank been set up? If it's new it's early in a cycle. The numbers being good or bad depends on the age of your tank as Solcielo lawrencia pointed out.

New or old you should have nitrates for your plants. Consider dosing fertilizers.
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It's been up an running for months now. An I do use ferts.
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