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  1. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello, New to the forum and new to planted tanks. I have never (successfully) had a planted tank, but have african cichlid tanks, but would like to convert my 35gallon hex tank into a planted tank. Besides my issue trying to figure out proper lighting for this tank, I have hard well water...
  2. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I know in most cases it is best not to mess with these things but I think in my case, I really do need to. When I used my tap water (well water actually) it wasn't an issue, but then I had a problem with my water and no longer trust it for my fish. I live in the mountains and there is a spring...
  3. WTB/RAOK
    I'm looking to carpet my 60 gallon tank so I'll need quite a bit. Emmersed would be preferred since I plan on doing a dry start. If you have some in the L.A. area I could go pick up to avoid having to ship that would be great! Thanks!
  4. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi, My L.A. County tapwater is very hard (8dKH, 12dGH), alkaline (pH=8++), has recently been turning in about 20ppm of Nitrates, 0.5ppm of phosphates and God-knows-how-much of silicates. With fishload, even with a planted tank, I'm finding it difficult to maintain 40ppm of NO3 (API test), so my...
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