Hey guys so I was doing Redbeard's first waterchange today since I purchased him yesterday (I am doing fish-in cycle because it was surprise for brother).
As-per-usual, I tested the water before changing it...and...uhh...to my surprise, my readings are:
Nitrites: 0 ppm
Nitrates: 5.0ppm-10ppm <-- WHAT
I tested it three times, rinsed the vials very well (and rotated use) each time. Got the same thing X_X. I even tested plain tap water to see if my nitrate indicator went wonky, but nope.
How I set it up:
- Add water (lol)
- Two cleaned and post QT Water Wisteria plopped into the background near the light
- Added dechlorinator
- Added "Nutrafin Cycle Starter"
- Moved Alfred (my moss ball) from established tank
I always thought that those "Cycle Starter" chemicals are gimmicks but...HOW? The tank even smells like it's supposed to smell, it's also already nice and humid, too. Is it the plants? I've never had plants before. Was it maybe Alfred harbouring bacterial citizens?
I'll test again tomorrow to see what's up X_X