Fluval Spec 5, first week and some questions
Below is my tank at the end of week 1.
I'm using black gravel and root tabs (for now) and the stock equipment. My levels are ammonia: .5 ppm, nitrites: 5ppm, nitrates: 40-80ppm. The pH has been around 7.8-8.0. I was only able to find the strip tests locally for kH and gH, so I don't know how accurate they are - kH is hovering between 0 and 40 and gH is 150-300. (I've ordered the drop tests, but they won't be here until next week.)
What I don't understand, is the strip test is telling me my pH is 6.8 and nitrates are 20, which conflicts with the drop tests. The nitrites more or less matched. Is it possible for only PARTS of a test strip to be inaccurate?
Also, tonight I dosed with Flourish and Excel for the first time (because my order finally arrived). Should I do that every day? I noticed today the one anubia leaf is getting a yellow tip. Other than that and a few cryptocoryne leaves melting, the plants have been okay.
Thanks in advance for your help!