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post #16 of 42 (permalink) Old 10-29-2013, 03:16 AM Thread Starter
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Yep, using tap for the first week or two(tap is 40tds but remineralizing with equillibrium just for the initial major AS suck). Will switch to DI after that.
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post #17 of 42 (permalink) Old 10-29-2013, 03:36 AM
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Check your ph as it might suck your ph really low you might want to use some baking soda to kill some of the ph lowering ability


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good call thanks. That's why i was using tap but i do not think there is much in it. My api test showed 6 but that is as low as it goes, will need to invest in something that goes lower. Any advise for a low range ph test?
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Milwaukee ph controller or Hanna controller

The Amazonia mad my water 5.0 and the Africana made mine 4.3


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Milwaukee ph controller or Hanna controller

The Amazonia mad my water 5.0 and the Africana made mine 4.3


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Africana took my 5.8ph r/o water down to just whay you said, 4.3. So is baking soda the safest solution to get it to 6
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Well no, but when you are cycling it and you have no inverts or fish in it, you can help kill some of the buffering capabillities


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post #22 of 42 (permalink) Old 10-29-2013, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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Yes a lot of people use tap while cycling to help kill some of the snstrate's buffering. My tap is pretty darn pure and has no kh, so I added 1/8th tsp baking soda last night. It should have raised it 1degree but I have a feeling the AS will have ate it all up when i test tonight. This is part of the reason daily water changes are done for the first couple weeks. Worst comes to worst i can just add some crushed coral or seiryu to help slow it down.
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How are you going to be able to keep the substrate at that angle???
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post #24 of 42 (permalink) Old 10-31-2013, 08:49 PM
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I really enjoy this scape. I love the emergent branches and couldn't find the uptake pipe until I looked at the second picture.
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post #25 of 42 (permalink) Old 11-13-2013, 09:48 PM
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How is the tank? Do you have any updates for us?? I bought some ADA AS Africana a while back that I completely forgot about so I plan on using for a new setup. I want to start a 20L and breed TBs but I'm kinda worried that buffering capabilities of the AS will drop my ph down too low. I tried doing a search for post with people's experience using Africana breeding TBs but I'm coming up pretty empty handed.

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post #26 of 42 (permalink) Old 11-13-2013, 11:16 PM
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Very nice! Would love to see some updates.
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post #27 of 42 (permalink) Old 11-14-2013, 06:00 AM Thread Starter
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Tank is doing great. All but 3 downio melted, so since i have a boat load of it, glosso it is!

Ch3f i am unsure what it will buffer to. Right now I am using tap and adding kh so it's like 6.4. Will switch to rodi maybe this weekend and can update after that.
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So... doing anything to keep that nice slope? I'm curious...
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post #29 of 42 (permalink) Old 11-21-2013, 01:35 AM Thread Starter
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aplomado plants will hold it, glosso to be exact. I've had much much much steeper slopes not go anywhere with hc. It is a ton of matrix underneath that makes up most of the slope. Hope that answers your question.
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post #30 of 42 (permalink) Old 11-21-2013, 02:00 PM
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Thanks... what is the "matrix"?
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