Thomas Kang Posted November 11, 2021 Share Posted November 11, 2021 I have set up a new 20 gallon long tank couple of weeks ago with two different kinds of sand substrates - seachem flourite black sand at the bottom and imagitarium black sand on top. And about a week later, I put some plants, some of which are root feeders, in it and aquarium co-op root tabs about 3 inches' grid. (I am pretty sure I put them to the very bottom of 2-inches deep substrate.) I know I should cycle my tank, and I chose to purchased a cycled filter at the same time when I ordered my fish to do the instant cycling. Now I was waiting for both of them to arrive. But things went little bit off. Fish will arrive couple of days before the cycled filter. Then I thought like, 'it might be okay for a couple of days if I put some Seachem Prime and Seachem Stability at the same time'. I guess most of you can understand what I was thinking. So I did so. Now, something I never expected happen. My water test done about 10 minutes later shows: 0.25ppm ammonia, 0.5ppm nitrate, 5ppm nitrate. Prime and Stability might work together for couple of days to protect my new fish, but I am anxious about the fact that I don't understand why this happened. If it might be due to leech of root tabs, it might get worse even if I put the cycled filter and run it. Can you share an idea and/or a suggestion about what I should do? Thanks in advance. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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