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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 am trying to keep my KH stable at 3 or 4dKH. I've heard that it is better to dose the tank's water changes with KHCO3 rather than NaHCO3 since potassium is readily taken in by plants whereas sodium is not. Any KHCO3 branded products that you would recommend to buy online? is ADA Brighty K...
  3. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I am confused. I finally purchased the API KH/GH test kit and checked my aquarium water tonight. I got results of 2-3 dKH (2-3 drops) and 71.6 ppm GH (4 drops). After using this website (http://aqadvisor.com) the goal dH of 11-15 is what I need for the aquarium stock I have. The other...
  4. 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...
  5. 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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