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Water parameter questions from a Noob.

I'm new to the whole planted tank thing. I've kept fish for MANY years, and living in central Iowa with a lot of lime in our soils, I've always known to have high pH, but have never had to worry about it for my cichlids because they thrive in those conditions.

I am a bit more concerned with plants. My tap water parameters are:

GH - around 200 ppm
Chlorine - around .75 ppm
KH - around 80 ppm
pH - around 7.5
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate- around .5 (this one confuses me)

Could someone be so gracious to explain any problems and what exactly everything means? Like I said, I've never had to worry about any of this before.

I appreciate all your help on this forum. It has been a very easy transition for me!
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Don't try to grow Toninas or Erios and I think you'll be fine.

You may need to dose nitrates. (Though you'll probably end up dosing more than just those, depending on your lighting...)





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Don't try to grow Toninas or Erios and I think you'll be fine.

You may need to dose nitrates. (Though you'll probably end up dosing more than just those, depending on your lighting...)
You're just helping me out with everything ma'am! What exactly do you mean by "dosing" the nitrates?
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"Dosing" fertilizers for the plants.

Check out the sticky at the top of this forum.





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