Hm. I just tested my water again and got two completely different answers. I have one kind of all-in-one test strip that still says my nitrates are at 160, but the other only nitrate test says that its closer to 10. What the heck??
But I have noticed within the past couple of days that the abundance of snails in my tank are slowly but surely dying off. This is a good sign though, right? I mean, my understanding of what makes nitrates spike is 1. cycling (which I don't think was the case) and 2. dead plant matter and 3. overfeeding. The overfeeding and dead plant matter was I think what made the snail population thrive, and so now that those are pretty much gone they're dying off. I feel bad, but at the same time I think it's a good sign. Right?