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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???
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Did you cycle with pure ammonia or fish in? If you did it with ammonia, when your tank cycled, did you do the "initial large water change" because nitrates can become harmful/poisonous to many fish....If it were me, I would do 2 50% pwc a few hours apart to get them down to at-least 20 (first 50% will take your 80 down to 40...your second 50% will bring them down closer to 20). Make sure to dechlorinate new water. Also, be careful how much you feed due to left over food can cause them to rise. I hope I have helped at-least a little...Good luck...
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I had the same problems with Fluval Shrimp Stratum. My nitrates shot up and all my crypts would grow for a bit then start melting again. The stratum also produced a fine dust that would get everywhere when I moved something. I finally ditched the substrate and went with sand.

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Did you cycle with pure ammonia or fish in? If you did it with ammonia, when your tank cycled, did you do the "initial large water change" because nitrates can become harmful/poisonous to many fish....If it were me, I would do 2 50% pwc a few hours apart to get them down to at-least 20 (first 50% will take your 80 down to 40...your second 50% will bring them down closer to 20). Make sure to dechlorinate new water. Also, be careful how much you feed due to left over food can cause them to rise. I hope I have helped at-least a little...Good luck...
I started with quite a few snails to cycle. I normally do a 50/50 WC weekly but I'll do a little extra today or tomorrow and see how far that takes the nitrates down. I only feed this tank once a day and i just crumble 1 flake for the babies
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Do you use tap water for changes? If so have you tested it? Might be high to start with.

Could be bad test. Take a sample to LFS and have it tested and compare.

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Do you use tap water for changes? If so have you tested it? Might be high to start with.

Could be bad test. Take a sample to LFS and have it tested and compare.
yes my tap water already has a decent amount of nitrates in it. I can't remember what it was last time but i know it was under 20ppm. i have been looking into an RO system but i'm just curious if i can do anything to help my plants in the meantime.
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