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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-05-2016, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Beginner Freaking Out!

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:

ph 7.6
ammonia 0
nitrites 0
nitrates 80
gh 6
kh 7

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:

Crypt Retrospiralis
Bacopa Caroliniana
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.
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You can do a another quick water change with RO water or a mix, I think this would reduce your Nitrates without raising GH, That's my theory anyway, I have extremely soft water so my tanks have different challenges. I would give it a try and see what happens. Shoot for 10 to 20 ppm all your other parameters look great.

Bump: You could use distilled water also.

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Plants are not going to get shocked on 80ppm take your time.
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You GH is also a non-issue for the plants you're trying to grow.
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I don't know why I am so bothered about my GH. Maybe because I haven't heard of a single person with GH as high or higher than my own. I was even going to go so far as to add a water softener. Not so much for the fish/plants but to save my RO unit. The filters are supposed to last 6 months. I've already had to change them after 2 months. Hard water wreaks havoc on RO units.

I contacted the user who is selling the plants. He tells me that 50ppm will be okay as he keeps his own around 40ppm. Thank goodness. Still going to do a water change to get them down but at least they wont die from that. Thanks for the replies guys.
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Nitrate is essentially fertilizer/plant food. You should only have to worry about nitrates affecting fish.....which I presume you have none in this tank yet?

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Plants use nitrates as nutrients if you didn't know.
You'll need to add of macro and micronutrients.


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I realize the initial issue is resolved, but for future reference (say in case you were cycled and had fish), you could take out more water than you put back in and run things a little low until you've had a chance to make more water for a water change (assuming you aren't using a HOB like me...)

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I haven't heard of a single person with GH as high or higher than my own.
my GH ranges from 10-14 here, depending on the time of year.

it is my experience that, unless you are trying to raise a very specific and finicky species of fish or plant, water stability not perfect water parameters are more important. most plants and fish will adapt, but if they constantly have to re-adapt to perpetually changing conditions that will cause undue stress and lead to problems. /shrug
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