Super confused about ADA Amazonia and KH
Tried to post this yesterday and it never showed up... I will try again.
First of all I am brand new to the hobby. This is my first ever tank of any kind.
I do not know what information I should be providing here, so I guess to start things off I should list what I'm working with...
Fluval Flex 15 gallon tank. Filter has filter floss and some Seachem Matrix in the first chjamber, the second chamber has the stock sponge loaded with 2 bags of Matrix and under it some Purigen. Third chamber just has my Cobalt Aquatics Neo-Therm 50w heater and the stock pump. I also have a temp. probe in the 1st chamber.
The water at my house is pretty horrid, and I wasnt sure if it was safe to use the post softener system water due to the salt... So I purchased a BRS RO/DI system and have this filling a 32gallon Brute. The storage can has a heater and a pump in it. Water is kept at 76*f and circulating.
Substrate is a base of Powersand Special, topped with Amazonia. Substrate is about 2"-3" deep. I followed the ADA guide as far as planting right off the bat, and I am also following the water change guidelines. 1st week daily water changes, 2nd week every other day... I'm only in that second week, my 2nd week started Sunday.
I dont know if my tank is considered heavily planted, but I did my best without trying to spend too much money. Being brand new I know there is a high chance I'll kill my plants >.<'
My plant list is as follows: (See Pics)
Anubias sp. ‘Petite’
Anubias Barteri 'Butterfly
Anubias Barteri Golden
Cryptocoryne crispatula var. balansae
Since I am using RO/DI water I have been adding Seachem Equilibrium to it to bring the minerals and GH up. This is no problem and holds steady. Where I am having problems is with KH and PH. I had done what I thought was a fair bit of reading on the subject before starting to purchase items. However, after doing a bit of searching to answer questions I now have, I am quite confused. For every question I search for information on I am finding WILDLY conflicting information.
I have read that due to the buffering nature of Aquasoil I should NOT be trying to boost the KH and that I should leave it at 0. I have also read that having 0 KH as my RO/DI water has will let the PH swing quite easily and that I SHOULD be bumping up the KH of my rodi water. Okay, great... lets search further. The more I research the more I find people saying both things. DO bump up KH. DO NOT bump up KH. I have also read that having 0 KH will stall the beneficial bacteria growth and halt the cycling of my tank. It seems that for every post I can find that says to do one thing, there are 2 that say to do the other. This persists not only here but also on other websites. I have no idea what to do.
I tried to go to Tom Barrs site and look for information and ... Good lord! Even when they think they are being noob friendly and easy to understand... I think I need a Phd in biochemistry to follow along. So much technical talk, chemical formulas, abreviations... It is simply too much for a true new person to the hobby to follow along with, or maybe it is just me.
I've tried to boost the KH up with Seachems alkaline and acid buffers. If I get KH up it is dropped right back down in 24hrs. The PH also raises. Then after reading some on Seachems forums I see one of their guys post that you can not boost KH up to say 6 (from 0) and keep ph around 6.5-7 without adding C02. Crap.
I do plan to add C02 at some point (see Pic), but I would like to have some idea of what I am doing first.
I am writing a book here... sorry. I just did not want to leave out information that might be needed, and I have no idea what information you would need.
Question: Do I need to be worried about my RO/DI waters KH of 0? If not, great. Easy.
If I do need to be raising the KH up what is my goal, and what do I use to raise it as Seachems Alkaline buffer does raise the KH but the aquasoil will just drop it back down fairly quickly.
Thank you in advance.
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