Root Tabs Cause Ammonia Spikes.

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I bought osmocote root tabs. I put about 40 root tabs under the gravel by between 4" spaces and the tank is 45 gal fresh water. I made a mistake since I put too many tabs.

Now ammonia spikes like 1.0ppm. It was mature media till now. How to make ammonia back to normal like 0ppm?
 

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Wow same tank I put 3in every 3 weeks. Under different plants. Usually the crypts and swords.
I guess the best thing to do would be if o try and remove as much of the osmacote as you can by vacuuming the gravel.
What’s in the tank? How many fish.
 

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I bought osmocote root tabs. I put about 40 root tabs under the gravel by between 4" spaces and the tank is 45 gal fresh water. I made a mistake since I put too many tabs.

Now ammonia spikes like 1.0ppm. It was mature media till now. How to make ammonia back to normal like 0ppm?
I wouldn't recommend disturbing the substrate now. Chances are that the gelatin capsule has dissolved and the osmocote balls are secured in the gravel. Siphoning them out creates a big chance that the root tab is unsurfaced which will cause an even bigger ammonia spike. I'd just do a 75% water change once or twice a week and also get more plants to remove the ammonia.
 

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Wow same tank I put 3in every 3 weeks. Under different plants. Usually the crypts and swords.
I guess the best thing to do would be if o try and remove as much of the osmacote as you can by vacuuming the gravel.
What’s in the tank? How many fish.
the tank has:
6 amazon swords
3 anubias nana
1 anubias barteri
1 moses balls
1 java moss
4 java fern
1 Echinodorus 'Hadi Red Pearl'

about 20 tropical community fishes
8 ghost shrimps and 5 cherry shrimps
3 african dwarf frogs

I wouldn't recommend disturbing the substrate now. Chances are that the gelatin capsule has dissolved and the osmocote balls are secured in the gravel. Siphoning them out creates a big chance that the root tab is unsurfaced which will cause an even bigger ammonia spike. I'd just do a 75% water change once or twice a week and also get more plants to remove the ammonia.
ok thanks and would ammonia be back to normal since the media was already mature?
 

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The swords are the only ones benefiting from the root tabs. Put the tabs under them as I do you should be good. Your other plants will need liquid frets like flourish comprehensive or thrive.
 
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