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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-30-2004, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Water Parameters in non-CO2 tank?

What water parameters should I be striving for in a tank that does not have CO2?

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The same water parameters apply , CO2 addition is dependant on light wattage.


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OK, here is how my tank tested out tonight:

temp - 77*F
pH - 7.2
GH - 100 ppm
KH - 115 ppm
NH3/NH4 - 0 ppm
NO3 - 5.0 ppm
PO4 - 5+ ppm

OK, I know I need to bring down my PO4. I eliminated everything in my sump - flourite, plants, etc - It's just filter, heaters, and pump, now.

I'm, also doing 25% water changes every 4-5 days.

I need help, because I'm having an algae attack, BGA, BBA and hair algae. I took care of the hair algae, buy vacuming the tank regularly. I treated the BGA with e-mycin.

Is there a way to bring the phosphates down, while I continue to get the parameters straight? What about products like phosphosorb?

Please help, my ferns are really suffering.

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Also, what supplements should I be dosing, without CO2?

Here's a couple of pictures of my tank for reference.





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