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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-26-2007, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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My water test means what?

Ok, today I tested my water and came up with the following results:

GH = 75
KH = 60
pH = 7.0
CO2 = 10.2 According to the conversion chart stickied on the forum.

Nitrites & Nitrates didn't register high enough values to determine a result.


I've currently got some frill plants that are pearling up nicely that were planted just to cycle the tank and prevent algae etc.

I have been dosing Flourish Excel .5ml per day (2.5 gal tank).

So my question is, what do my test results tell me & how do I know what parameters I'm looking for?

It's basically going to be a nice Betta nano, that I would like to plant rather heavily for the space allowed.
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What unit is your GH, KH, C02 in?
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There's no way your plants are consuming as much trace elements as the Excel you're adding.

Edit: pardon me, I'm confusing things here. It was late when I wrote that. Ignore what I said.

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There's no way your plants are consuming as much trace elements as the Excel you're adding.
Ok? Care to explain?
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Just so you know, Excel is NOT the same as CO2. It is plant accessible carbon, but it is not CO2. I also don't know why you are comparing the amount of Excel he is dosing to the trace elements. Flourish is trace, Flourish Excel is organic carbon.

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Also, there is no way you could be sure that this was in fact too much excel. Normal dosing is 1ml/10 gal, meaning he is dosing the amount for a 5 gallon tank. If the lighting is high enough, he might need it. Just watch out for fish/invert/plant deaths since you are overdosing.

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I am using the HD 27 watt desk lamp.

The tank is currently over planted with frill until I obtain some better plants to scape the tank with.

So I am still wondering how to determine that I am or am not dosing to much based on the water parameters given?

I got an oral syringe from my local pharmacy that is graduated in .1 ml so I can reasonably measure out doses in lower quantities if needed, but again I am not sure how to make that determination exactly?
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