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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-26-2014, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Water Parameters Check

Hi All,
I am new in planted tank and tropical fishes. I raised before goldfish for about 2 years successfully. I need to check my water parameters as checked by Nutrafin Test kit.

pH: 7.2
GH: 160 ppm
KH: 110 ppm
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 20
Phosphate: 0.25
Chelated Iron: 0.1 ppm
Un-Chelated Iron: 0
Calcium: 40 ppm

Temp: 28C/82.4F

-The tank is 75 US Gallon
-DIY CO2 injecting, Lights on for 9 hours. After lights of air stones powered on.
- Water change: 40% - 50% Monday and Thursday
-Fertlisers: Seachem Flourish Comprehensive 7ml every 2 days
Seachem Excel 7ml daily
Seachem Potassium 10ml every 2 days
Seachem Phosphorous 13ml every 3 days
Seachem Iron 7ml every 2 days

-3* discus
-2* clown loach (Planning for 1 more)
-10* neon tetra
-5* rummy nose tetra
-3* ramirezi
-2* SAE

Thanks for your help

Dutch Planted 6300K
(Number of Fixtures: 1, Fixture Length: 36", Beam Angle: 90 Degree, Fixture Color: Silver)

Last edited by khalloda; 10-26-2014 at 06:49 PM. Reason: Adding Temp
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-27-2014, 04:23 AM
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If the dosing and water changes work for you, fine.

Discus prefer slow moving water. Clown Loaches are river fish, thrive in much faster moving water. Set up filter and power heads to provide areas with fast moving water, and areas with slow moving water.

Neon Tetras are cool water fish, not so good with Discus and Clown Loaches, both of which thrive in warmer water. Suggest a much larger school, but just one species. Instead of 10 Neons, + 5 Rummy Nose, just get 15 Rummy Nose. Then hope they do not get eaten. They are small enough to get eaten.

Rams are pair bonding. Monitor however many you get and be ready to remove fish that are getting chased or attacked. A 75 gallon tank is large enough that 2 pair might work out who gets which part, especially if it is densely planted. You might start with 2 known pairs, or 5 younger fish and let them figure it out.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-28-2014, 04:28 AM
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What specific lighting do you use? What type, how many of what bulbs, what brand of light fixture, what reflectors, etc.? It is light that determines what fertilizing you need to do, and whether DIY CO2 will be adequate.

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