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  1. Algae
    I have just experienced sudden, rapid plant growth these last few days. These plants are growing like weeds and managed to grow almost a quarter to a half of my 75 gallon tank in just four days. However, I also noticed that green dust algae and thread/string algae started popping up. Could this...
  2. Plants
    Hey guys. I have been letting my plants grow wild in a "proposed" dutch tank. Everything went batsh** crazy a while back with presumably 'micronutrient toxicity', BBA, String algae, and more. I have since got it under control but I'm still stumped on ludwigia natans super red. I dose full...
  3. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I've been trying to get a clear answer but can't seem to... I'm dosing Thrive+ in an EI fashion according to the website's instructions (2 times a week and 3 if nitrates go to 0 before the water change). So far in my 10g with high lights and probably more than 30ppm co2 (it is at the very edge...
  4. 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...
  5. For Sale/Trade
    Rearranging my tank and selling off a plant pack. Package is enough plants to fully plant a 20 gallon. Pack includes: Blyxa Japonica x 6 plants (not broken apart) Ludwigia Rubin x 3 rooted plants Alternanthera Reineckii Mini x 6 younger rooted plants Lobelia Cardinalis Mini (dwarf) x 8 younger...
  6. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I am a little confused how to tackle the EI dosing on 180g tank. I know these are the optimal water parameters: GH 2-8 dGH (30ppm of calcium and 10ppm of magnesium) KH 3-6 dKH pH 6.5-7.0 NO3 5-10ppm K+ 20-30ppm PO4 0.2-0.5ppm Fe 0-2-0.7ppm I have a SpectraPure RODI system. I stopped using...
  7. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Anyone know the copper toxicity/copper LD50 for Amano shrimp? I want to make sure I won't kill them with my ferts! I read somewhere that copper LD50 is 0.07ppm but not sure how accurate that is
  8. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I'm going on holiday from Friday until next Sunday, so 9 days. I've got someone to do my ferts and feed the fish but I don't want them doing a WC! My plan was to do a water change on Thursday and another on the Sunday (usual day) when I get back. This would mean that the tank would be dosed for...
  9. Plants
    My tank has pressurised CO2 and EI dosing. Any ideas if substrate PAR of 40 and surface PAR 150 are enough for this plant? Any suggestions otherwise? Thanks :)
  10. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Should I use RODI? Distilled? Tap? Someone also said boiled and cooled. I'm planning to add a teaspoon of distilled vinegar to my micros also, would this be ok? How about preventing mould in the bottles? Thanks!
  11. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I have a starter kit from aquariumplantfood.co.uk which has all of the EI basics. Here is the recipe from the website: Macro Solution Mix, Shake & Leave to Dissolve Overnight: 4tsp Potassium Nitrate 1tsp Potassium Phosphate 6tsp Magnesium Sulphate 500ml Water Micro Solution Mix, Shake & Leave...
  12. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    So I’ve been trying to encourage dense plant growth while getting rid of algae and bring out the color. This has mostly worked for me, but my plants really don’t have quite the color that I want. My Starogyne Repens have some green spot algae on their leaves, some have holes, some are yellowing...
  13. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi everyone. After several months of dosing PPS Pro in my high tech tanks I have decided to switch over to the EI method of dosing. I use Green Leaf Aquariums PPS Pro pack which includes dry ferts and two 500ml bottles. I need some help converting these materials into EI concentrations. I have a...
  14. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hello Everyone, I recently set up a 7 gallon tank. I have ADA substrate, small CO2 (stone diffuser arriving shortly) and a 18'' Finnex Ray2. I also have a Eheim Ecco canister filter blowing things around rather harshly. The light can go as low as 12" above substrate. Its a bit of a...
  15. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I've been doing EI low-light/weekly dosing for about a month using dosage recommendation from the sticky and I am having trouble keeping my nitrate levels from rising too fast. They are easily getting up to 40 ppm within the week between water changes. I re-tested my tap water and found I have...
  16. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi. I bought 2lb KNO3, 1/2lb KH2PO4, and 1/2lb CSM+B to fertilize my 10 gallon low tech dirted tank (soil still has ferts in it, MGOCPM, running for a couple of months). I was so impressed at the response I got from the plants with the soil that I thought I would do EI and give them a little...
  17. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hey guys, first time aquarist here and I could use some help on my local water readings (Dover, Kent. UK). I am planning on dosing EI daily once my aquarium is set up. My water is classed as ''VERY HARD'' (not surprising considering I live on top of chalky cliffs!) Do I need to tackle this high...
  18. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I am not sure why I had a green algae water boom all of a sudden after three months of EI and change in lights and substrate as follows: Had three different threads on this site first says for 1/2 ltr distilled water, 15g chelated trace mix, 15g MgSO4+7h2o is Epsom salt take mgso4 7g at 0.46 of...
  19. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Does anyone know off hand if dry ferts from GLA or aquarium fertilizer is 100% pure or what percentage say the KNO3 is? It might be a question for those companies but thought I'd ask here first.
  20. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I have a 29g planted tank that currently has very cloudy water and it's getting worse. I didn't think it was green cloudy but it could possibly be starting to look slightly green. There also seems to be a large amount of particles floating around the water (I repositioned my intake to be out...
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