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    I've been fishless cycling my 10 gallon for a month and my ammonia is looking great, it will take 2.0 ppm to 0 within 24 hours every day. My nitrite is at 0. But my nitrate reading won't go down. Water temperature is about 80°. I put in the tank 1 - 5" driftwood, 1 - conconut hut, 2 - 1.5" marimo balls 4 weeks ago and 2 - golf ball size java moss 2 weeks ago. Should I add more plants? Do more water changes? I did 2 - 50% water changes 3 and 4 days ago and it's back up to 80 ppm. Should I keep dosing with ammonia? Should I stop, do another water change and put a fish in there? This will be a shrimp tank with a divider and has 2 sponge filters currently.

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    Stop dosing ammonia, do a large WC to get trAtes below 20 PPM, then add your fish/shrimp...keep an eye on water params for several days after adding the fish and shrimp

    Does your tap water contain trAtes?...are you using Prime for your water conditioner?
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    Does sound like maybe the tap water has nitrates that would be my first test to eliminate the culprit

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    plants will consume ammonium before nitrate, and if his PH is low enough then the added ammonia turns into ammonium.

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