I have had my tank setup for about 6 months now, and everything seems to be running great with the exception of a couple if hiccups along the way. Anyway, everytime I test my ammonia/nitrite/nitrate levels, nothing really seems to be any different. My ammonia is always reading about .25 ppm
, nitrites are always zero, and nitrates about 20 ppm
. Everybody seems to be happy. My shrimp, wrasse, starfish, hermit crabs, and snails are doing good. (BTW
I lost about 4 fish due to using bad...tap...water during a water change but everything I listed survived)
I was just wondering why it is that my ammonias will never match up to the zero color on the test strip. I have been running my protein skimmer from day one and I wonder if this has something to do with it. Any suggestions? I was considering leaving my protein skimmer off for a week and keeping my eyes on the levels....