Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
I'm 3 months into my first heavily planted tank and I'm trying to get a grasp on which nutrients I'm lacking. I'm using Hagen test kits for Nitrate, Iron, and Phosphates. I also have an AP master test kit for testing pH, Gh, Kh, and Nitrites. What other test kits would be helpful? I do a 40-50% water change weekly. I tested for Nitrate just before my last change and it came out around 2 to 2.5mg/liter. My understanding is that mg/l is the same as ppm. Is this correct?
Some of my leaves are yellowish and have holes, so I know something is out of wack. I've been dosing 5ml of Tropica Mastergrow per each change and I'm thinking I'll gradually increase the amount to see if the plants start looking better. My crypts look like they're on the verge of melting although there are new leaves coming in- the bad leaves are the older ones.
Eheim Pimp #159: Eheim 2233 Ecco & Eheim 2211 canisters.
55g planted- 80deg F.
2 Coralife Aqualights 65w 6700k + 2 15w lights .
Pressurized CO2 5lb tank.
Substrate: 1" Tex blast, 2" Flourite & Eco Complete, ~.25" sand.