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Melting crypt clouding water

My crypt seems to be melting and starting to cloud my water. My ammonia is a bit high as well not sure if the crypt is the cause. I've been spot treating diatoms with h202 each time never using over an ounce. I assume I have atleast 20-25 gal volume in my 29 gallon. I'm using all seachem products for substrate and "water fixers".
Using prime, stability, Excel (at 1ml per 10 gal). Seachem fluorite black sand for substrate.(two bags)
Lighting evo quad 6500k led 9 hours a day 4 hours on 5 hours off 5 hours on 10hours off. Running at 45 percent power or close to.
I have 6 corydoras sterbai I feed every other morning either a half hikari sinking wafers or algae wafer (also hikari). The clover plants are also turning a lighter shade of green with the edges almost white. That is hard to see in the picture. Before I began spot treating with h202 I was rubbing diatoms off leaves every other day and doing roughly a 20% water change to wash some away. I believe that was my biggest mistake how can I safely cycle my tank with my corydoras in the tank? I have a ten gallon that's currently a week into cycling and is definitely worse than the tank they are in. Nitrites are pretty high in the ten gallon. Some of the leaves on the crypt that is melting have a white stain and no diatoms grow on this white stain. It may be where I spot treated with Excel not sure. Could the dying diatoms be raising my ammonia levels? Should do a water change daily until the ten gallon is fully cycled? The pictures with the api test kit are there to somewhat show my ammonia levels. The tube on far left is 0ppm ammonia for my top off bucket and the middle is ammonia readings from the tank. The far right is nitrites i believe this test is 0 or really close. pH is around 7.2. Help on safely lowering my ammonia and maybe some tips on how to prevent the melting would be greatly appreciated! I did a 20% water change this morning the ammonia was closer to. 50 ppm just noticed that's the wrong picture. How much ammonia is safe with a 7.2 pH?
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Going through a mini cycle definitely. Ammonia is 0 and nitrites have been a real pain in the butt. There may be a dead nerite snail hidden in the tank somewhere. My water has a odor to it and is slightly cloudy. My crypt on the mid right side is still melting like crazy.
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IMO with water parameters changing crypt will melt.
When stable it should stop. Usually only oldest leaves are lost.


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That's what happened I think it's finally stable and the plant has stopped melting. Now I just have to deal with the ich I believe my fish caught while things went crazy. Treating with ich attack since I only have seen one white dot on all the fish and I've seen one flash once. Water is still cloudy and has an odor but parameters seem close to fine.
Ammonia-0
Nitrites-just above zero
Nitrates-5-10ppm
Temp 79
And there's a dead snail in there that I can't find.
Thanks for the reply the minute my nitrites went down it stopped melting. Also diatoms and gda is dying off but now my leaves are turning white on most plants the grassy ones are just snapping in odd locations. I now have a new algae friend. It's green and only on plant leaves. I believe it killed the other two algaes in a competition for food. : (
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Added a fluval 206 to go with my hob maybe the extra filtration will help with the cloudiness. Time will tell.
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Ich attack seems to be working give it 5 more days to see if I see any signs of ich. The tank is finally clear and the six corys seem really happy today all 6 schooling and playing in the current. not fully sure of what took away the cloudiness maybe it was just something to do with the mini cycle I had. Things seem stable finally!

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