I forgot: It was not ammonia remover it was a bacterial thing.
I looked at the ingredients in my root tabs: lots and lot of nitrogensRoot tabs that leak will also spike your nitrates.
What root tabs did you add?
I just got some frogbit and water lettuceYou could throw more plants in there. They love the ammonia.
Most likely it was either API root tabs (flat brownish and grainy) or seachem flourish tabs (kinda pyramid shaped, black and smooth) if you got them at PetSmart. The only thing they could potentially release is nitrate, not so much nitrite, but I have never run across those problems with either of those brands (osmocote capsules are a whole different ball game). I'm not saying it doesn't happen, I'm just saying I've never experienced it. You need nitrogen to grow plants. The 3 basic elements added in most root tabs NPK or nitrogen, phos, and potassium along with common traces (iron, magnesium, boron etc). These tabs need to be pushed into the substrate and inch or more to effectively do their jobs on the roots. Not saying you didn't do this, just giving a disclaimer so you don't wind up throwing off your tank balance and to give advice to anyone that jumped head long into something they're trying to catch up on learning now and might be perusing this thread.I looked at the ingredients in my root tabs: lots and lot of nitrogens
I don't know what kind I added but they are from PetSmart
"Oh, well that's different. Never mind."Thank you all for posting. Your posts have been really helpful. My ammonia is now 0 and the nitrite is 2 ppm and lowering.