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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-27-2020, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Water Parameter Issues- 2 ?s

Ive been struggling with my 29 gallon planted aquarium (plant deficiencies, ph, more alage species than I can even identify) and ive been trying new things such as equilibrium, fertilizers, even going so far as to bring tap water from a friends to try to boost magnesium levels. I have finally given up and decided to restart from ground zero. Ive decided to remove everything from the tank, clean the algae off of every salvageable surface, soak my gravel in hot water to remove anything it happens to be holding(ecocomplete, its playing havoc on my water), and restart the whole thing with new plants and ro di water. I'll be using the current, uncleaned filters and acclimating the bacteria in them just like my fish to minimize die off. My tank holds 2 baby bristlenose (2 inch), 2 baby twig catfish(4 inch, still very small body width), 3 amano shrimp, 6 golden pencilfish, and 4 rummynose tetras. Current ph of tank is 7.4. The water I intend to swap with will be 6.8 ph(possibly 7, hard to read api in the range around neutral), 4 GH, and 5.5 KH. Are the new water parameters acceptable and likely to stay stable with proper weekly maintenance? And will heavily rinsing and soaking with hot water remove(or at least reduce) unwanted nutrients and buffering my gravel might have?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-27-2020, 07:04 PM
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Eco Complete is inert and shouldn't be the cause of too many issues. Honestly, unless you want to use your friend's water permanently going forward, I would try to approach the algae issues using your own tap. Cut back on photoperiod, clean your hardscape, substrate and mechanical media, stop using equilibrium if not absolutely needed (it shouldn't be with most tap) and try to curtail whatever nutrients are in excess. You can dip your plants with peroxide or diluted Excel if they are getting covered, as well as trim old growth leaves that have more algae than they are worth. Do you have values of your tap water handy? Before and after sitting open for 24 hours, ideally.

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My tap water is a calcium to magnesium ratio of over 10:1. My ro parameters will be 6.8 ph, 5.5 kh, and 4 gh. Are these acceptable parameters for the above mentioned fish?
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