Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Roseville, California
The bamboo is sitting in an uncovered HOB filter, only the bottom and roots are submerged. I have no plants rooted except anubias that is secured to a piece of drift wood. All my other plants besides elodia are emersed. The tank is a riparium hybrid.
As far as my using reef crystals salt, I have read at least enough opinions to feel ok with my use in small amounts. Why do you feel it is not ok? Just curious as others have said it is fine to use instead of basic sodium chloride. I like the added calcium for snail shell growth and trace elements. It is just instead of using regular freshwater salt and has shown no ill effects. I have it because I also keep reef tanks. It has the same thing freshwater salt has plus just things like calcium, magnesium, etc. Things that plants too can use, in small amounts. And livebearers like guppies very much benefit from a small amount of salt in their water and this is an all guppy tank. Many livebearers are brackish and some can live in full salt when acclimated right (like mollies).
So there is really nothing I can just add a little bit at a time just for peace of mind? I never go crazy adding things. I am talking a few drops a week. If not then I guess I will continue as I am doing until I run into problems. So far everything is happy. I just start to get concerned knowing the duckweed has reached a point of doubling in 3 days, I know they are sucking up a lot of nutrients other plants may need.
My nitrates are below 5, no ammonia or nitrites. I suppose I should have mentioned I have kept fish for decades and am familiar...I just don't test for things like plant ferts....yet.
Cost is not a problem if there is some all-in-one I can add a tiny amount of every once in a while. Less is more for me.
Last edited by Ripple; 10-22-2014 at 11:59 AM.
Reason: add info