Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Morris County, NJ
Current GH is 9 dGH according to my liquid test kit. Goal GH is somewhere in the 4-6 range. My plan was to do a few water changes (approximately 10% tank volume), with each water change lowering the GH by 1 degree.
The tank was originally in this range, however I was noticing some hard water stains and a bit of stubborn filamentous algae which tipped me off that something was not right. Combined with the prospect of getting some new fish later this week, this led me to investigate further and test my water. Turns out I had fallen behind on replacing my RO/DI cartridges - the output water is around 1 dGH but I did not account for this when remineralizing or just plain topping off with the water, which presumably led to the several dGH increase over time.
Current inhabitants are otos and amano shrimp. The fish I am looking to add later in the week are chili rasboras. Eventual inhabitants (at least a few months off into the future) will include a group of chocolate gouramis. Of course I would finish my series of water changes before introducing anything new into the tank.
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