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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-12-2015, 03:44 AM Thread Starter
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Hi guys,
I've got all the test kits gh, kh, ph, nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, O2, co2( my drop checker)
All my results are fine except my O2 which seems to be a bit low according to the instructions on the kit also my phosphate is 3 ppm
I've ordered API phos zorb to combat this
I do a 30% water change weekly in my planted tank

My question is
To airiate my water at lights out and co2 off time should I add an air pump with air stone or is simply raising my lily pipe to agitate the surface enough
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Why are you trying to drive phosphates down in a planted tank? You do realize plants absolutely need phosphate as a nutrient, right? 3ppm may be a bit on the rich side, but that's not all that high.

As for the aeration, you could go either way.. I would probably just raise your Lilly pipe a bit... Costs nothing. That said, I've never heard of anyone bothering with an O2 test kit in a planted tank before...

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And you don't need to raise and lower the pipe at every lights on/off, of course. Just position it so that there is always a little surface ripple.


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Thanks guys.... More questions to follow no doubt
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Just thought I'd throw this out - you might need to adjust your water circulation so it exchanges the poorly oxygenated water on the bottom with the oxygenated water at the top of the tank and avoiding oxygen stratification. This would look like the water going towards the front wall of the tank, down the wall, back across the bottom, and up the back wall like a tube in surfing if you have a spray bar in the back.

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