Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Folsom, Louisiana
Unless water parameters are different than koi ponds, the water is fine.
Hardness 8 or 143.2
Alkalinity 10 or 179
According to a CO2 chart that I found, the CO2 would be at 30ppm based on the pH and Alkalinity, however the drop checker is green. I'm new to planted tanks and CO2 so I'm not sure how to measure it other than looking at the drop checker which is located at the bottom of the tank on the opposite side from where the CO2 enters at the top.
I can't even get a hardness or alkalinity reading in any of my ponds so I don't know why I have these readings in the tank unless it's the mineralized soil. Even my mud pond doesn't have hardness or alkalinity readings without adding Ag Gypsum a few times a year.
I don't know if dry ferts affect the drop test kits????