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A cycled system (filter, plants, bacteria on every surface in tank) should be able to process at least 2ppm a day. I’d keep going until it can do that. I wouldn’t bother with a water change unless you’re getting algae problems.


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New update: All the nitrite to nitrate bacteria are working well. The ammonia to nitrite I am unsure about. However, with all this ammonia addition and cycling, my plants have started dying and rotting. Will this cause extra ammonia levels?

For example: Yesterday my tank was ammonia 0.25, nitrite 0, nitrate 30, pH was 6. Did a pwc and added in more ammonia to about 2ppm. In 24 hrs it is ammonia 0.5, nitrite 0, nitrate 20. Can any plant rot be attributed to this or I just still don't have enough beneficial bacteria?
 

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For example: Yesterday my tank was ammonia 0.25, nitrite 0, nitrate 30, pH was 6. Did a pwc and added in more ammonia to about 2ppm. In 24 hrs it is ammonia 0.5, nitrite 0, nitrate 20. Can any plant rot be attributed to this or I just still don't have enough beneficial bacteria?
That shouldn't impact plants at all - not even sensitive mosses or tissue-cultured Crypts. I routinely hit 5PPM using delicate plants and it's never been an issue. So I'm leaning toward that not being the problem you're experiencing.

Which specific plants are you having difficulty with? Were they grown submerged under water or emersed? It's more likely that they're transitioning to submerged form.
 
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