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I seriously have no idea how but parameters have gone apes***. 15 gal: 45+ hob filter with carbon filter and scrubber [thats what the box had included] GH 180+, KH 180, pH 8.0, NO2 10, NO3 160. Sand substrate, few plants doing, eh. Feeding Fluval color enhancing flakes, just enough to not leave much behind once a day. Using Aqueon ferts once a week. Everything was normal with exception of hard water last week. Thisart I msy be lynched on: 6 pygmy cories, 5 cardinal tetras, 1 golden gourami [until suitable home found], 1 tiger snail, 3 ghost shrimp, 2 zebra danios [the glowlight type but I dont make them glow] and three juvenile mollies. Expert intel requested. How did this happen? The parameters, not the stocking.
 

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My main concern is the nitrites.
Tell me which tests are you using, how you do it.
Also, because I am not familiar with Aqueon ferts, tell me if there is ammonia or nitrate in it. If it does not say that, tell me the three numbers written under the name...Could look like 0.07-0.01-0.37 or similar
 

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Test strips are not accurate. My API NO2 test drops goes to a max of 5 ppm (does not read 10) so you'll have to use 10 ml instead of 5 and compare colors.
Yes, Aqueon ferts seems to have only potassium as a macro.
 

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Hey corina savin, just wanted to let you know that stats are looking a lot better. I took out the big stalks of foxtail and only transplanted the small buds or sprouts of them. I think the plants were getting ready to die and were causing the spike.
 
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