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  1. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hey yall, I am very new to the planted tank world, but prior to this i've been keeping reef tanks for a few years. My main confusion stems from pH. I have a 10 gallon low tech setup that is currently cycling. I used some spiderwood and fluval stratum as my aquascape. I've noticed that my pH...
  2. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hey all! Been fishkeeping for around 2 years and only recently started using a buffer because I've struggled with very low alkalinity. Thing is, my API reading KEEPS giving me a different number. By this I mean, today alone I have tested in succession upwards of 5 times and my kH reading has...
  3. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi, Who can think of a way to dose liquid KH or alk buffer using a dosing pump? It's easy to find solutions (no pun intended) for marine tanks OR powders for fresh water tanks. But I've not found a liquid product for fresh water. My tap water is 1KH so I need to dose alkalinity buffer, or...
  4. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I'm trying to learn about GH,kh, and driftwood softening the water for my fish. I'm thinking I can save the water my driftwood is soaking in to mix with tap water to keep my water softer?? Trying to find a cheaper alternative to RODI water.
  5. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello! My tank is a freshwater 29-gallon with a closed top, a light that stays on for approximately 8 hours a day, two underwater plants, a small cluster of red root floater plants, five harlequin rasboras, and a plecostomus that's only a few inches long. Just did a water parameter test: all...
  6. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I've got some water chemistry conundrums in my new 2.5 gallon nano, which has ADA Aquasoil Amazonia as a substrate. Before being added to the tank, my treated tap water measures 80-120 ppm KH and pH 6.8. After a week in the tank, the water measures only about 0-40 ppm KH and pH 6.2. The...
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