If you can help me figure this out I'd be so excited!
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > Specific Aspects of a Planted Tank > Fertilizers and Water Parameters


 
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old 08-27-2003, 06:19 PM   #1
yvonnedono
Newbie
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 3
Default

:shock:

Started my tank about 5 months ago. I have two issues/questions:

1) I currently have water from my outside tap in the tank. Should I switch to using water from my indoor tap (which runs through a water softner). It is a sodium type tank. I could use Potassium instead.

2) I have black spotty algae on plants/rocks. I have lots of bright green spotty algae on glass. Plants also have some rusty/white large scarred areas and curled leaves. Some of the plants are still growing quite a bit though.

Here are my specs:

Tank: 65 Gallon; lit with 160 watts (4 40Watt Coralife PlantGrow Tubes about 11 horus a day). Temperature: 78; Filtered through carbon filter; just a few plants for now; neons, tetras; some algae eaters; orange livebearers in the molly family (can't recall their name).

The water in my tank currently tests at:
PH: 8.4
Ammonia: 0
Nitrate: 5-10 ppm (closer to 5)
Nitrite: 0
GH: 304.30
KH: 232.70
I haven't been able to test for Potassium or Phosphorus yet. All the stores around here keep telling me it is not necessary so they do not stock the tests.
I do not add CO2.

The Hardness of the water that runs through my water softener, which I a thinking about switching to, is GH 17.9; KH 232.70.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! I need to get this under control so I can start having fun and really plant up my tank!!!!!!!!!!!!!
yvonnedono is offline   Reply With Quote
 

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help me figure this hobby out bigpow General Planted Tank Discussion 9 09-22-2004 04:57 AM
My 10-gallon Dwarf Puffer tank.... jread Planted Nano Tanks 20 03-03-2004 09:11 PM
Figure 8 Pufferfish BonesCJ Fish 6 11-24-2003 10:05 PM


All times are GMT. The time now is 07:28 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012