Ammonia and nitrate

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So I literally just did a water change maybe 2 days ago it was 60 gallons I have a 200gallon aquarium. My question is whenever I removed everything filter floss and socks cleaned them and then I removed some pretty old ammonia and phosphate pads my ammonia is still reading 0.2 and nitrate at 5 nitrite at 0 how is this happening all the fish are still alive and with such a large tank invert or 2 dying shouldn’t effect it too much. My only thing is that i took the ammonia and other pads out literally 20 minutes ago and did a test for a ammonia before and after I removed them. I also don’t feed very heavy I feed pellet a maybe do 4 pinches.
 
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0.2 shouldn’t be a worry run your tank without the ammonia pads, see what happens. Maybe the pads are making the tanks go through mini cycles ( can happen ) run the tank with filter floss and carbon for a while and see what happens.
 
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