Problems with fluval shrimp stratum?
I have an 8g evolve with fluval shrimp stratum and some sand. All of my plants are dying off and melting. The tank has been cycled for about 3+ months but I have extreme nitrate readings (80ppm) but 0 ammonia. Water changes are once a week and I have a 8w wavepoint micro sun LED clip on the tank.
I do not dose this tank with anything. how can i get my nitrates down? why are they so high? there are two endlers babies and a crap ton of snails in the tank and they are doing fine. is it possible for a misread on the nitrate test? (i use api master test kit).
most importantly i'd really like some insight as to why my plants are not growing. Before i rescaped this tank i only had regular gravel in this tank with java moss, vals, and anubias and they were growing fine. whats going on with this tank???