Need Help was Told Not to Inject CO2
I spoke with the lab this morning for my cities tap water and received the following parameters for my tap water, which are different than the readings my test kits have been giving me. They are as follows:
GH: 14.5 milligrams per liter, very soft he said.
Phosphate: 0.012 ppm
Nitrate: 0.006 ppm
Potassium: 911 parts per billion - chemist said it was under
Iron: 14.5 milligrams per liter
When I test my tank water, this is what I get:
Hardness is usually about 100 or moderate
I just received a Secham Phosphate test kit today but have not used it yet. I've also ordered ferts and a new CO2 system - the Milwaukee all in one. Now I'm not sure what to do. I have been injecting DIYCO2 since the middle of November, but I've been told I may not be getting enough. I use 1 liter bottle.
My tank is a 29 gallon planted with a 90% Flourite subtrate. Lighting is a 1x55 watt Bright Kit from AH Supply w/6700K.
What should I do now, just give up and go back to fake plants or even low light plants without CO2? I am so depressed, I've worked so hard for all these months and spent a lot of money only to find out that my water is messed up. How come my fish do not show any signs of stress now, I'm injecting CO2?
Is there anything I can do to make my water right and can anyone suggest a really good testing kit. Right now for PH, I'm using Aquarium Pharmaceuticals PH Test Kit (the drops) and for KH, Jungle Labs test strips. For the rest, I use the 5 in 1 but I forget the brand.
I was told that my KH or GH is too low to inject CO2 but wasn't given an alternative.