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r/o and plants?

Hi please can I ask if a 100% r/o tank is ok! I use tropic marine re-mineral (tropical) to buffer water back up!


the water is around 6.5 to 7 for my fish!


very soft water!
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As long as you remineralize it's fine. May be preferable to tap water actually if you have hard water; a lot of more delicate stem plants don't like high KH.

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http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Sea+Chem+equalibrium&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3ASea+Chem+equalibriumCheck KH/GH/PH after one hr past using it.
Preferred levels(IMO not 100% sure) KH 3/GH 5/Ph 6.8...
It's the Equalibrium, not the others.

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Remineralize with a GH booster that includes Ca & Mg in a ratio something close to 4:1. Seachem Equilibrium is one such material. It also contains potassium, a mineral that plants need.
Use something that supplies carbonates or bicarbonates. Baking soda or potassium bicarbonate are most commonly used in aquariums. If you buy a commercial product packaged for aquariums it is often sodium bicarbonate. Cheaper to just buy good 'ol baking soda in the grocery store.

Follow a fertilizer program to supply N, P, K, Ca, Mg, Fe, and other trace minerals.
Fish food can supply reasonable amounts of N, P and most traces.
GH booster supplies Ca and Mg.
I would fertilize with K and Fe for sure, and monitor the tank to see if the plants remove all the nitrogen from the fish food. If so, then also dose N, P and traces.
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whot is K and Fe please? fertilize with? sorry im little green lol

Bump: thanks guys iv looked at seachem equilibrium and looks good! cheaper than the Tropic Marin Re Mineral im using at minute!

does say you need to use a Alkaline Buffer to maintain KH thow? I don't use buffer with the Tropic marin mineral I use!
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[QUOTE=jonny cichla;8504034]whot is K and Fe please? fertilize with? sorry im little green lol

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K is potassium and Fe is iron.

These are nutrients that are required by plants for healthy growth. Much like terrestrial plants, aquatic plants require fertilizer to do well.

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