Thanks for the fast responses!
I will start using 50/50 RO/Tap. I just have the convienence of having an RO unit at my house, so I have always just used that. How important is it to use de-chlorinator prior to adding the water to the tank? can I fill it up with a Python siphon and then add the Amquel (or similar product) after? I know it has a different effect on plants than it does on fish.
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The plants already look a little yellow after being in there for 3 days! Yet I have added the Flourish Iron every day so far. The instructions on the bottle don't actually say anything about how often to add it. It just says to use whatever makes a .1mg/l reading in the tank. I get that reading, and then it is back to Zero the next day. I asked my LFS about that, and they said adding that much Iron will lead to over-fertilizing the plants and kill them... not sure if it is true though since they are using all of it quickly. I am not worried about an algea break-out. I have 5 algea-eaters in the tank, and lots of cory's and botia's. THose together will take it down for me
That said, with my Iron problem, what is "too much" on adding Flourish Iron. Once I start adding Tap water at 50/50, this should help out as well, but... how will I know if I am adding too much Iron.. when the algea break-out happens? Is that the only consequence of it?
For my DIY co2 injector, can I just put a air-stone at the end of my tubing, and place it under/near my filter intake? I can't fit the tubing directly into my filter intake because of a protective cap that I can't get to (due to my background) without risking disaster. Otherwise, what is the smallest possible defuser (spelling?) that I can make myself??
Now that round-2 of questions are over... hit me up with some answers and I will hit ya'll with round 3