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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-09-2012, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Plants Vs Shrimp Water Plan

First, thank you for taking the time to read this and provide whatever guidance is possible. I'm new to TPT and planted tanks and am still working through the learning curve.

I finished testing my water sources this morning. Still trying to decide my options. I was hoping that between my well water, RO-only water (for drinking and ice cubes) and zero TDS RO/DI (Reefs) I would have something close to what I needed for this tank. In looking at the results, I'm not so sure...

Water Parameters - API Liquid Tests

------Well----Sink RO----RO/DI (aged)
pH --7.6-----6----------6.4
Gh --< 1---< 1----------0
KH --20------2----------0
TDS 310-----21---------0

If I'm interpreting this correctly, it looks like my best option will be to buffer the RO/DI? I was hoping I'd have an out-of-the-tap option

I've been trying to come up with a shrimp plan, and after reviewing the individual species needs and pairing down what I like - Initially I thought I would target 7.2~7.4pH, 4~5KH, 6~8GH. It appears that would that will provide for the greatest options in shrimp species BUT - It appears that most plants including my intended hc carpet need lower pH levels. Am I better off targeting lower pH and going with CRS like values?

I'm hoping others can provide some advice and offer up recommendations as to specific products or processes. This is a 12long, high light, pressurized CO2 using ADA recommended substrate (Aquasoil, powersand, ADA additives...) Complete info on the build is in my Journal liked below.

Thanks again for the help!


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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-10-2012, 07:24 PM
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The PH of your RODI water, an maybe the RO as well, can't really be measured using hobby grade test kits. So if you buffer your water to the GH you need the PH will be controlled by your AS.
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