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  1. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi guys, just moved into the city and dealing with something I've never had to before, chloramine. I picked up a bottle of API tap water conditioner, but now see mentions that it leaves behind the ammonia in a toxic form. Is this true? Checked with my kit and there is over 2ppm of ammonia, but...
  2. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi, I have a heavily planted tank with aquasoil ( tropica ) that I launched in dry start method 2 months and a half ago. I flooded the tank 2-3weeks ago. Everything is going well, my plants are fine. But I need to cycle the tank, and when I test nh4, its always at 0, same for nitrites and...
  3. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Is there any such thing as a dechlorinator that can remove chlorine and choramine without fixing ammonia or nitrites? I don't like that if I add Seachem Prime to my water, I cannot see how much ammonia my ADA Tropica soil is releasing (ammonia test reads 0 ppm). My tank is new (just a month...
  4. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hiya. I set up a 15 gallon tank around 40 days ago and did a fish in cycle (my partner came home one day with a Betta in a cup). I planted heavily with mostly foreground plants, carried out regular water changes (usually 25% or more daily), and tested my water daily. I saw my ammonia levels...
  5. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hey all, Does anyone know the timeline of the nitrogen cycle in an established tank? I have a fully, recently cycled Fluval Spec V, and was curious how long beneficial bacteria takes to convert ammonia to nitrite, and then from nitrite to nitrate. Can't seem to find any answers anywhere. I'm...
  6. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hey i have startet for 1 week ago, a Fishless Cycle with Fish Food, and have gotten my ammonia up to 3, now today i got my first nitrit Reading 0,6 nitrit, but my ammonia is going down to 1,5, do i when have to put more fish food then before, so its getting up to 3 ammonia again?
  7. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I have a 90 gallon fresh water tank, moderately planted and moderately stocked with fish. Eheim canister filter, full back wall air bubbler and now a standard DIY CO2 generator setup. It's been up about 2 months. Everything was fine until we had a meltdown that we believe was caused by a...
  8. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi, I’m starting my first planted tank with Controsoil. My question has to do with the Nitrogen cycle. Controsoil says it has low ammonia release. I have tested at 1ppm for the last three days and have been dosing seachem stability as per the instruction on the bottle. Is the 1ppm ammonia leach...
  9. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hi, long time reader first time poster. I have recently flooded my 3.7 gallon nano tank, after scrapping my attempt with the DSM when mold started to form. The trouble is that all my plants are dying, which I attribute to the ammonia spike which seems uncontrollable (8+ ppm) with high nitrates...
  10. Plants
    I just set up a 5 gallon densely planted tank a week ago. i sprinkled in some fish flakes the first day i set it up, and now am reading that there is between 2.0-4.0 ppm of ammonia. How long do I need to wait before my plants absorb the bad water chemistry? (I do not have any fish in the tank...
  11. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi everyone. Recently I set up a heavily planted Fluval Spec V 5 gallon nano tank, full of multiple java ferns, the beginning of a dwarf mini hairgrass carpet, anubias, and crypt wentii; all planted in fluval stratum (no fish or inverts in the tank as of right now). I dose the tank with the...
  12. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi everyone. Recently I set up a heavily planted Fluval Spec V 5 gallon nano tank, full of multiple java ferns, the beginning of a dwarf mini hairgrass carpet, anubias, and crypt wentii; all planted in fluval stratum (no fish or inverts in the tank as of right now). I dose the tank with the...
  13. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi all, I recently did a total do-over with my 10 gallon tank. I decided to go with the low light/low tech option with tons of plants. I took out my old substrate and left a few handfulls to hopefully cycle the tank faster with some pre-existing BB (My old tank had been set up for a couple...
  14. Low Tech Forum
    Hello everyone, I'm still somewhat new to all this and this forum. I started a brand new 55 gallon tank almost 3 weeks ago (Setup on 1/16/2017) using the Walstad method (No Co2, No Ferts, Nothing). Here is what I did and what plants, fish I have in it - Also please see attached pics links...
  15. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hey guys, A month ago I moved my 40G across my room in a process that took about 2 hours. The entire time i had my filter running in the tub that the fish were temporarily in. A week after the move i noticed that all my parameters were stuck at zero. No Ammonia spikes, no Nitrite spikes, and...
  16. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I feel like I'm going to catch a lot of flack for this question but... Are frequent to water changes REALLY necessary in a heavily planted tank??? Everyone talks about how they do weekly or even semi weekly water changes, but is it necessary? If Ammonia and Nitrite stay at zero, and Nitrates...
  17. General Planted Tank Discussion
    OK so it's been a good couple weeks since my newbness busted out but I'm at a loss and the interweb aint helping. What and Where exactly do I need to get and go for proper Ammonia drops to do a fishless cycle. Sadly I went into the chain store and very specifically told them what I wanted...
  18. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    So I made a post a while ago about a reading of point .25ppm of Ammonia in my 29 gallon. I've been more detailed check of my old 20g and my new 55. They all have the same color reading of .25ppm. In my 55g I would not be as surprised if it spike, it is fairly new. However, I have had Kuhli...
  19. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I have a 29 gallon month and a half old Aquarium. So I set up the tank, waited until the temp was stable. Added Plants. I waited a week, added media from my year and a half old 20 gallon. Put my betta in there (to provide ammonia). The Ammonia was at zero for a few days. Went to Petco, and I...
  20. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi guys Im new to this forum, and have got back into aquariums after having been unable to have aquariums for about 15 years (no I wasn't in jail). Anyway, Ive posted below some of my pics from my first foray into the planted tank hobby. This tank is ~180L and is about 2 weeks old. So far...
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