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  1. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    The custom micro mix thread has reached nearly 100 pages and nearly 1,500 posts. Additionally, the old threads on trace toxicity are long and full of chaff. Now, I try not to be lazy and generally am willing to put some time into researching a topic, but this is a bit much. I realized I'm...
  2. Equipment
    Hi All, I am somewhat certain I've seen some recommendations for plastic clips/clamps that help keep air from getting into dosing pump lines on this site, but several searches have left me empty handed. I'm running a Hygger 4 peristaltic pump doser. I am using a 3-compartment acrylic fert...
  3. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Time to mix a fresh bottle of macros solution with my GLA dry ferts. I've been dosing PPS Pro with a solution mixed for daily dosing. After a month or so, with nitrates higher than I wanted ~40ppm) I reduced the macros to dosing the same solution 3x/week, while continuing micros daily. Nitrates...
  4. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Happy Monday everyone. I have a 55 gallon heavily planted tank that I'm having trouble finding balance in. It is moderately stocked (several nerite snails and two CAE) and I feed daily. Weekly water changes. Nitrate levels seem to be consistently very close to 0 (tested and confirmed with...
  5. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    How do you monitor and keep your nutrient levels, Macro and Micro and N in check? I test my water for the usual suspects using an API kit and I measure my TDS and PH but I need some feedback on how to better manage my EI dosed planted tanks and appreciate the feedback. Two tanks are now...
  6. Plants
    Hello. I have been having some issues with my ammannia gracilis and wanted to know if anyone knows a solution or what the cause may be? Everything else seems to be growing decently except A.R mini which has some odd looking leaves from time to time. Tank - 55 Gallon Substrate - Sand Co2 -...
  7. Plants
    Hello. I have a fifty-five-gallon aquarium that has been overcome with hair algae in the last week or so and the plants have almost stunted and I need help ☹. Some plants are unaffected, like my tiger lotus and others are just covered every inch in hair algae, a lot have twisted leaves now...
  8. Equipment
    Hi all I have bought a dosing pump and a 3 compartment reservoir as I want my fertilizers to be dosed automatically into my 600 litre tank. On the fertilizer bottle they all say to shake before use and this I assume is to redistribute heavier ingredients to make sure they are properly mixed. Has...
  9. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I have a 175 gallon tank with a high bio-load (about 75 various fish). pH about 6.8 in the morning, down to about 6.2 at night. I run CO2 and a UV sterilizer. I use two canister (API XL) filters with physical and biofiltration only. NH4, NO2 and NO3 are all 0. I'm having a mixed problem...
  10. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Hi, I have a fluval spec 5 gallon tank with caribsea black moon sand. Because the sand is inert, I am using seachem root tabs for plant growth, and the aquarium is well planted.. Are these tabs safe for red cherry shrimp? In the ingredients I noticed they contain trace amounts of copper. I keep...
  11. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi All, I know dosing bicarb and alum is standard practice in salt tanks to maintain pH levels, and I know the formula for bicarb is (tank gallons)x(0.15)x(number of 0.10's intended pH raise). For instance raising a 5000g tank by 0.10 units would be 5000x0.15x1=750g bicarb. And half amount for...
  12. 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...
  13. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello everyone, I need advice for a new dosing routine that could better fit my water change schedule which is currently based on a 50% water change every 2 weeks. Unfortunately I can’t currently afford to change water more often than that. I have easily found out the amount of macros I need...
  14. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    hi all i have a 26 gallons (100L) and have some BBA on the substract and in some leaves. i have about 10 ottos, 10 amano´s, 5 Styphodon Ornatus and a pair of Ramirezzis, have other ones but this were my most sensitive fish. This is my plants: Cryptocoryne Green Anubia sp. "Petite"...
  15. For Sale/Trade
    Dosing Bottle - Twin Neck 16oz/500ml HDPE Bettix Chamber Bottle with Caps. Great for EI Dosing Fertilizers and Water Conditioners. Condition New: A brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item. These are new twin neck dispensing bottles in HDPE natural. English graduations on one side; Metric...
  16. Algae
    I've had a cyanobacteria problem for a few months now. I've read a lot about it. I believe my filtration and flow are good, although could be better but don't have many options to increase flow and circulation with this tank without spending a lot of money. So I looked into Erythromycin and...
  17. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I read mix direction on dosing micro and macro. Some said to dose 15 mins apart from each other and 1 didn't specify how far apart to dose. I know that you cannot dose them both at the same time because the Fe can clump up. What time frame would it be safe to dose apart?
  18. Substrate
    Alright so I just got a bunch of Aquasoil for my new 40 gallon breeder. I went through a huge brown slime algae, Rhizo, outbreak. Biggest the World has ever seen and that was with constant water changes. I figure that is because my soil volume in comparison to water volume is really high. About...
  19. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I'm trying to wrap my head around dry fertilizers and dosing for my non-co2 injected tank. I'm considering using Excel as a source of carbon. I would not mind once-a-week fertilizer dosing and a water change every other week (if possible). Ideally, I'd like something medium maintenance, a...
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