Help Nitrates Disappearing

Molasses

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Hey guys,

I've been having a lot of problems with my fishless cycle as anybody could tell looking at my other posts. Now this happened. I'm on day 23 of my cycle and my nitrates have been steadily rising between 40-80. It is hard to tell which. Just now, my tests today say my nitrates are about 20. I'm very confused because I havent water changed recently. I have 3 live plants in my tank but I feel they couldnt randomly eat that much nitrate within a day. Otherwise it would have happened by now. What is going on?

I've always done the liquid tests, and before anybody asks I always do them exactly how the instructions say, so I'm at a loss.

Cycle Logs:
Day 16: ~1-2 ppm - .25 ppm - >5ppm
-Added full bottle (100g) TSS
Day 17: 1 ppm - .25 ppm - 10 ppm
Day 18: 0.5 ppm - ~1-2 ppm - ~20 ppm
-Dosed 5 ml Ammonia
Day 19: 0.5 ppm - ~ 2-5 ppm - ~40 ppm
-Dosed 3 ml Ammonia
Day 20: 0 ppm - 2 ppm - ~40 ppm
-Dosed 8 ml Ammonia
Day 21: ~0 ppm - ~2 ppm - >40ppm
-Dosed 8 ml Ammonia
Day 22: ~0 ppm - ~2 ppm - 40-80 ppm
-Dosed 9 ml Ammonia
Day 23: 0 ppm - ~2 ppm - 20 ppm
 

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shake the bottles very well and test again. be sure to wait 5 minutes to check the color.
 
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