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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-27-2004, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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my tank is 40 gallon, (same footprint as 55) i have 120watts, 3" to 4" of gravel mix with flourite, 90% flourite. i have 1 2ltr DIY with DIY reactor 40dpm maybe more....kh 125.3 gh 196.90, nitrates are slightly high 20ppm....some of my plants are not doing so well as others are ok...having some algae growth on plants, but that may be the result of high nitrates? also yellow leaves on some of my grasses, and one plant grows a new laf every 2 or 3 days yet looses one every 5 days...here are some pictures of my set-up
this picture is my cork screw grass? has babies
this is a whole group of baby plants rising up
this is the plant that grows new leafs often, see the dead one in the back left
can someone lead me in the right direction? on how to get these guys healthy?

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here is a shot of the whole tank

here is a modification to avoid lots of surface aggitation, but yet still water movment

and here is my reactor

are my plants not doing real well because of the gh 7 kh?

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-28-2004, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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the tank is over 2 years old, added the flourite, and now its been 6 months, what if i changed my 400 for a canister, and then added another 2ltr, would that help?

oh and i am dancin about the hardness

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(2) CO2. I can't imagine how a 2 liter bottle is going to give you adequate [CO2] in that tank, especially with that HOB filter. This is your primary concern. I suggest investing in a pressurized CO2 unit. You can keep that HOB filter for now, just increase CO2 input to offset the outgassing of the HOB filter.
Just a note, but a 40G tank can be successfully maintained on a DIY system (I did it for two years). However, I completely agree that a pressurized system in the long run is the better investment in terms of convenience and results.
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What was the pH of your tank? Did you test for ammonium and nitrite?


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