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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-24-2006, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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Red face PH of 8.1 an issue?

Is a PH of 8.1 too high for my planted tank? My tap water measures 7.8. If it is an issue, what should I do?

I have had hair algae issues, and I think it was the high phosphates in the tap water (used for water changes). I have since added a Phos-Zorb bag which has lowered P them significantly.

The plants are growing, but seem to be struggling. Amazons lost all original long leaves, but have a bunch of 3" long new leaves coming up. Stem plants seem to be a little yellow. Grassy plants seem yelloish, but have all sorts of runners with new plants poping up from them. As for Fish, I lost Ottos and Neons, but the 1" angels and Chinese algae eaters are doing good.

Tank stats:
60g breeder
~120w flourescent
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Started 10/1/05.
no CO2
PH: 8.1
Amonia: <0.25
Nit/Nit: 0.0/0.0
Phosphates: 0.05 (tap is 1.1)

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My tap ph is 8.4 and I have no problems with it. I think everyone loses a good amount of ottos and neons in the first few weeks they`re in the tank.

I think your issue is that you need to be fertilizing appropriately (if you`re doing it at all right now) I`ll let others get more specific on that though.
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Hey JMG! Welcome aboard!

I am thinking you may be fairly new to the world of planted aquariums. You may need a good, basic primer on the subject to help put your own aquarium into perspective, as well as get a good feel for what some folks may be talking about out on the forum. Try looking at our own Rex Grigg's website - A great place to gather some basic yet crucial information.


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Thanks for the Link. I have read it in the past....maybe didn't absorb everything, tho!

I think I am on the right track, except I do not use fertilizers or CO2. My father has a nice little 20g that is doing great with amazon swords, and he does not use fertilizers or CO2. He doesn;t do anything to it, has 1 w/gal lighting, and it grows!! So I thought I could get away without it. Maybe wrong...?

I bought a nice variety of plants (8-12 different types) when I started this tank, so I could see what liked my style of tank-keeping and what did not. What did not do well would go away, and what liked me I would continue with. Silly?

No way to avoid ferts & CO2, eh?

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