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Need some feedback on water report

I have recently moved to Texas from Ohio. I had 3 tanks setup in OH that never had issues. Here in TX I have had my 40 breeder setup for 4 months now and my plants just look like crap. So either I can't get my ferts dialed in, which I am not sure if that is the issue since I EI dose or maybe I have a big deficiency from the tap? I was wondering if someone smarter than I could look at this and see if anything stands out.

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i have no experience but.. NO3 is a zero, what kind of tank you have?
Calcium ? isnt to high? i have no idea was interesting to look at this and just a few things that for me looks like bad for planted tank...

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This is the water from the tap. Not after I fertilize.
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What area are you in? I've kept aquariums in the Gulf Coast and Hill Country.
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Hi,

Not terrible water…

I would definitely but a whole house sediment filter followed by at least one charcoal filter.

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So your water is reasonable... albeit perhaps different than your old water.

One thing does pop out at me fertilizer wise.. the pH is well above 7.. if you are dosing iron that is EDTA or gluconate instead of DTPA, it probably doesn't last long in the water. If you previously had lower pH water, it would have held onto weaker chelates longer..

What kind of adverse effects are you seeing on the plants? Yellowing? melting? holes?
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Mostly it's a melting issue. No yellowing but I can't get any colors to really pop either. I was using flourish and 11% DPTA until last week but changed back CSM+B. When adding the DPTA I was getting surface film. That disappeared in a day.
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Hi,

I am sorry; I guess I was not paying enough attention earlier.

Upon further review, I noticed that for practical purposes you have brackish water, the salt may not be sodium but you are pushing 500-ppm TDS (0.5-ppt).

My best guess is you are going to need to mix in at least 50% reverse osmosis (RO) water. The other oddity (for me anyway) is the complete lack of bicarbonate/carbonate hardness, which jives with the high sulfates.

Can you tell us about your aquarium?

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40 Gallon Breeder
Finnex 36" Ray2
Finnex 36" FugeRay Planted Plus
Fluval 406 with a DIY spray bar across the back
Injected C02 with DIY Griggs style reactor

Activ Flora substrate with root tabs added. Tank was to be setup with ADA Aquasoil Amazonia, two shipments both arrived as pure dust. This was upsetting.

EI dosing with CSM+B

Fauna: 20 Neons, 5 Otos, 20 amanos, 2 tylomelania zemis, 5 assasin snails.

Flora: Proserpinaca Palustris, Ludwigia Inclinata Cuba, Ludwigia Sp. Rubin, Hygrophila Pinnafida, DHG Belem, Pogostemon helferi, Pogostemon erectus

I think thats about it.

And thanks for your input guys. This could also explain why the feed lines in my kitchen faucet which I just replaced were disgusting.

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I recently left DFW for California. Where in the area? I couldn't grow plants in our water - I always felt dirty from the water too.


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Just moved to Wylie, right next to Plano and Murphy. Your right about the water, I have never been so itchy lol.
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Just moved to Wylie, right next to Plano and Murphy. Your right about the water, I have never been so itchy lol.

My hair never felt clean either. I would literally go get it washed by a pro once a month.


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