Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Saint Joseph, Illinois
He has 200 watts over his tank with epic nutrient levels? How are his algae levels? Then again, cichlids love to munch on algae.....
What he needs are floating plants. Java fern isn't doing anything to reduce nitrate. It will only absorb a very small amount of nitrate in a given time. I suggest things like duckweed, watersprite, and frogbit.
I'm sure with all those fish he has plenty of phosphate.
Water isn't too hard, Amazon swords can grow in a bed of pure calcium carbonate.
He also needs to do much larger and many more water changes (weekly or biweekly), and perhaps add Purigen. This coupled with the floating plants should give him excellent water quality.
In college....so no aquariums for a while.....
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