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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-21-2016, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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Can you all give us a complete list of specs on your planted aquarium here?

I'm particularly interested in seeing a thread where one can get a real good idea of how much nitrates is consumed by various set-ups, if you all would include...

a picture or video of your set-up,

a list of your plants,

what volume they take up, and/or an estimate of how big/heavy they are,

what brightness (low, medium, medium-high, high with CO2) and length of day,

how old is the set-up, and how young is the newest arrival?

how much ppm in nitrates is the set-up consuming in a given period of time, or how much are you having to dose to keep the level within what range?

you do dose other nutrients like potassium and iron, right?

you're not using a denitrification chamber, right?
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That's a tall request for those of us with MTS (multiple tank syndrome).

Every two months or so I may need to dose KNO3.
There is enough fauna to provide nitrate with little dosing required.
Have been selling fish locally so I will be dosing more KNO3 soon.
Using an API test kit with a stop light approach.
Yellow=dosing, Orange=all is well, Red=plan a water change.

All of my macro solutions are NF(nitrate free).
This applies to lo-hi tech and CO2 or not.
Water changes are based on TDS readings in tanks.
This is due to concrete formed hardscapes in hitech and fert accumulation in others.
Trying to dose downward over time to not accumulate as much.

I dose all compounds as needed.
K2SO4 Potassium sulfate
KNO3 Potassium nitrate
KH2PO4 Monopotassium phosphate
MgSO4 Magnesium sulfate
CaSO4 Calcium sulfate
CaCO3 Calcium carbonate(less soluble than CaSO4)
CSM+B Plantex as micros
Iron as 10% DTPA chelate
For ease of use two solutions are made, 1 macro and 1 micro.
Using these two for all tanks, with a few exceptions for deficiencies that are faced.

In the beginning stages of each tank, tested water a lot.
Different substrate experiments leading to different water column contents.
After a month or so of frequent testing you learn where you need to be.

De-nitrification = water change for me.
Soon a new experiment will begin with an acrylic resin for NO3 removal.
When it begins a new thread will be started.

Presently working on an organic/tannin removal resin to replace Purigen.
Still in testing phase and determining regeneration capabilities.

Have to ask, why the topic of NO3 is so high on the list.
It is the end product for the most part of the N cycle.
Denitrification within the aquarium usually leads to gassing your livestock.


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That was awesome, thanks, much appreciated, but still, need some of the main info I'm looking for; what plants, how many, what size are they and what space do they take up (volume/weight/picture/video, whatever you can tell me to help answer that), and ultimately, how much nitrates does it go thru how fast, under what lighting (low, medium, medium-high, high with CO2), how long a day?

Regarding de-nitrification with anaerobic bacteria and how it can gas the fish, yeah, I noticed this guy wasn't degassing his water before returning it to the fish, he goes into that a little...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0vadGBIUB4

I also hear total dissolved nitrates (other forms of it being present) can be hard to figure in systems with anaerobic bacteria chambers.

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I'm particularly interested in seeing a thread where one can get a real good idea of how much nitrates is consumed by various set-ups, if you all would include...

a picture or video of your set-up,
a list of your plants,
what volume they take up, and/or an estimate of how big/heavy they are,
what brightness (low, medium, medium-high, high with CO2) and length of day,
how old is the set-up, and how young is the newest arrival?
how much ppm in nitrates is the set-up consuming in a given period of time, or how much are you having to dose to keep the level within what range?
you do dose other nutrients like potassium and iron, right?
you're not using a denitrification chamber, right?
It's not a static controlled environment. These things are changing due to many factors (growth, trimming. individual tank maintenance, estimated dosing (not exact), fauna, location of tank, etc, etc, etc)

This type of information is not necessary to run a successful setup. One's tank is not a controlled lab. Why do you need all this info?
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It's not a static controlled environment. These things are changing due to many factors (growth, trimming. individual tank maintenance, estimated dosing (not exact), fauna, location of tank, etc, etc, etc)

This type of information is not necessary to run a successful setup. One's tank is not a controlled lab. Why do you need all this info?
Sure, I'm aware that it fluctuates with trimming (and how that can cause algae blooms if done wrong), and that its level of maturity affects things, tis why I ask about the size and age of it all. I've spent the past couple years of the hobby getting to know how much nitrates a fish can produce and am hoping to find or create a good reference for people that want to get an idea of what level of nitrates various planted tank set-ups can end up going thru. I've looked into aquaponics quite a bit, it is so interesting, have learned that their fish to plant volume ratios can fluctuate from 1:1 to as much as 1:6 plants, but such info is basically useless when trying to apply it to aquatic plants, as opposed to vegetables, and the stocking density I would prefer to maintain. I was hoping not to have to spend the next couple years with MTS trying to mature and figure various 10 gallon set-ups. lol Was hoping to find experienced people with lists and videos/pics of plants, including specs like how big the set up and the plants are, and how much nitrates they're going thru in a given amount of time, under lighting (brightness and length of day). It's like I'm trying to take static pictures of fluctuating set-ups, I guess, although, it's not just pictures, but logs of specs. lol
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