Nitrates Never Above 10

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I have a 55 gallon tank with about 30 fish inside and it’s planted pretty heavily. Nitrates are usually no higher than 5. Yes I shake the ever living **** out of bottle two for at least 30 second shake the test tube for a minute. Is this normal with a planted tank is my question? Test kit is good to 2021 btw
 

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Tanks with higher plantloads tend to have lower nitrates, especially if you don't overfeed your fish and do proper weekly maintenance.
 
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I do a pwc every 7-10 days to keep the minerals up really. I was just making sure I wasn’t having a false sense of security. With a planted tank is it ok to overstock a little bit?
 

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Plants can really help a lot. As long as you're certain your tank is cycled then I wouldn't be too concerned.
 
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MaximumRide14 said:
Plants can really help a lot. As long as you're certain your tank is cycled then I wouldn't be too concerned.
Tested 0/0/5 for months now. I should be good just was wondering if it was normal. It’s my first planted tank
 

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