JohnNYC Posted January 24 Share Posted January 24 My 20 gallon long has been up since November. I have 6 neon tetras and some plants. On Sunday I added more plants, that is the picture I uploaded. I had a nitrite spike a day after the initial plant adding and then again last night. My guess is ammonia went up too but I tested when after the ammonia had dropped and nitrite was high, about 10 ppm according to the test strips. Normally I have 0 ppm when I test with strips or API master test kit. I test before I do my weekly water change. In both cases I did a gravel vac, added root tabs, planted and rinsed my HOB filter media in tank water. I also noticed that the tank is cloudy and clears up after a few days. Maybe when I plant I stir up detritus and that causes the cloudiness and spike. Maybe I'm cleaning the filter too much, although I have rinsed filter media at other times without an issue. Can root tabs cause cloudiness? I added about 20. To alleviate the issue I added fresh beneficial bacteria. Tonight I'm planning on doing a 50% water change. Last night I got home too late to start a water change, so it had to wait. Any thoughts? Maybe it's just new tank syndrome? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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