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  1. I'm using tap water treated with the stuff that removes chlorine etc. The dark soil in there is fluval stratum, and the light sand is Carib Sea super naturals. There is a TON of fluval stratum in there as you can see which is a buffering/bioactive substrate. My ammonia and Nitrite readings aren't 0 because I'm assuming the tank isn't done cycling.
  2. Hi there! I put together a planted tank a while back, and being uninformed, I added my shrimp/loaches/snails after about a week and a half. Since then I have been steadily losing shrimp to what I assumed was an uncycled tank. At this point it has been over a month, and I have been taking readings of my parameters each day. Every few days, I lose shrimp. Here are my tank's parameters as of today: PH: 7.0 GH: about 75 ppm KH: about 0 ppm Ammonia: 0.25 Nitrite: 0.75-1.0 Nitrates: 5-10 ppm Initially I assumed this was due to
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