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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. 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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