Hello, I've been documenting my new freshwater tank here
. Today, my plants are supposed to arrive from a fellow PT user. I was checking my parameters to make sure that everything was ready. I have been cycled for about a month now and have just been using ammonia every other day to keep my bacteria alive. So here are my results:
OMG! I saw that 80ppm and my heart sank. I have 3 hours before all of the plants arrive. To make matters worse, because my GH from my tap is so high (15), I use a 75/25 RO/Tap mix. I had 15g of mix already available so I did that 30% w/c but I'm figuring the nitrates are still going to be around 40-50. So now the question becomes, do I do a large w/c with tap which will likely raise my tank GH to around 12 or more or do I just put the plants in the tank as is and work on water changes afterwards? Alternatively, I have a 10g empty and could probably do something with that and go buy some extra substrate at Petsmart.
Will 50ppm shock the incoming plants? Here is a list of the plants:
Quantity 1 Anubias Petite
Quantity 1 Red Tiger Lily
Quantity 2 Ludwigia SP Red
Quantity 1 Microsorum Ferns
I am open to any suggestions at this point.