Problem Tap Water/Other Chemistry Questions.
First I'll start with a little background:
I have pretty good knowledge of water quality, 16 years of lfs experience, and 4 years of aquaculture schooling studying the Long Island sound. I however have no knowledge on dosing for planted aquariums and beginning with CO2.
My goal is to:
A. Adjust my tank to ideal plant conditions to be able to use CO2 in the near future.
B. Figure out the best way to do water changes with my poor well water.
I've been in my current house with well water for 8 years, and its taken 8 years to finally care enough to figure out why we can not keep fish.
Well water basic parameters:
As you can tell I'm working with some very acidic, soft water with basically no buffering capacity.
I've found that gassing off well water for a day brings the pH up to 7, so, doing water changes requires having water ready.
In my profile I uploaded the current parameters for my now cycled tank along with the cycle. I will return to my question regarding the current state of my tank......
The Tank is 56 gallons with 40# of eco complete, 10# black gravel, 5# black sand, about 10# of lace rock, one piece of Malaysian drift wood, one piece of grape wood, fluval 305, and a Current LED Plus light, 3 boesemani rainbows, and 2 flying fox.
In tank parameters:
(Nitrates have held strong at 5ppm up until yesterday after I did an 8 gallon wc.)
I understand there is a correlation between Nitrates and PO4. Can someone explain their relationship.
Is it safe to assume my phosphates jumped because the Nitrates went down? OR is it the addition of the following:
I also started dosing (yesterday) with
A. Seachem Neutral Regulator (to the 8 gallons of wc water)
B. Seachem Flourish, Flourish Excel, and Flourish Potassium (to try to raise my KH)
I've read that ph buffers can also raise PO4.
I understand that its going to take some time to figure out a balance, see what plants require what, etc.
As stated earlier, it is my goal to add CO2, but first, I need to get my KH under control.