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  1. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello, since one year the quality of my tap water has improved, the water was catastrophic, but now I would like to use it for my harlequin rasboras and red cherry shrimps, I tested the parameters of my water here is what I get: pH : 7.2 NO2 : 0 NO3 : 12.5 (the water in my city is tested every...
  2. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello, My 15gal tank has been having some troubles with GSA for a couple weeks now, and it's starting to irritate me. It was on the glass only for a while, but now I can see it on my s. repens really well, as well as my anubias. I have one nerite snail, but he doesn't seem to be doing much. I...
  3. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello folks, I was hoping for some advice on my water. It's hard as a brick and I want to lower the PH, but not totally sure how. I have been trying to read here and online and there is just so much information. So my water after it sits out or in the tank levels off around 8-8.2 PH. It's...
  4. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    I don't really want any fish, but I'm open to suggestions if there's something that would love my parameters... I did want a betta once upon a time, but I don't think I can properly care for one (because of the water)... I've been wanting shrimps (especially cherry) for a couple of years now...
  5. The Lounge & Introductions
    Hi guys. This is my first tank in quite a few years. I have a 29 gallon tank that I have filled with the following. 20 pound eco complete bottom layer covered with sand and small pebbles which are mostly pea-sized. There are also several fist size rocks. These are rocks from Lake Ontario so...
  6. Fish
    My fish keep dying and I can’t figure out the cause. I have a 43 gallon aquarium. It has been going for 4-5 months. I started with a mix of eco-complete and seachum florite for soil. It is medium planted. I started with 6 Glo Tetras and 2 corys to cycle the tank. I have a eheim 150 classic...
  7. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I've got a pretty high KH of 15 (London water). I know boiling tap water in kettles can be used to remove temporary carbonate hardness, and was wondering if it would be viable to mix boiled water and tap water together in an aquarium to reduce the Kh levels and soften the water a little?
  8. Plants
    Hi all, My water parameters out of the tap are ph 8, kh 9-10, and gh 9-10. I have used my tap water in the distant past and could not grow plants well with DIY CO2. I switched to RO water with Gh additives from green leaf and baking soda for Kh. It was one of the best decisions I ever did...
  9. The Lounge & Introductions
    I've always loved aquaria, especially planted. But a lot has changed since my last try over 20 years ago! Where I live now I've kept unplanted tanks with no problem, but now I really wanted a planted tank, so I did one. My first try was with the stock LEDs that came with my TopFin 29 kit from...
  10. Planted Nano Tanks
    I started this tank less than a month ago and the growth has been strong. I also ran into an algae problem but the amano shrimp and nerve snails cleaned it up pretty well. I still have debris but the tank is cycling well and i have no ammonia or nitrite, trace nitrate, ph of 6.8, but very very...
  11. Algae
    Hey everyone, I live in an area with a lot of silicates and hard water coming from the tap. I have a huge problem with diatoms. They are everywhere. In side the glass, driftwood, plants and equipment in the tank. It seems easy to remove using a algae scrubber and a toothbrush. Any advise on...
  12. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi, I am new to this forum and I am seeking advise from those who know their stuff... I have a few questions, so please bear with me... Our water is very hard. Unlike most homes' water softeners, ours is connected to all water sources...every sink, even the hose outside, which seems so...
  13. Planted Nano Tanks
    We are setting up our very first tank - a Fluval Edge 46 litre (the taller one on an Askoll Pure medium white stand) and need some advice on planting please! We have tap water that is rated as "very hard" 18.062 dh with a reading of 7.6 ph to 8.2 (tested after leaving the water 24 hours in a...
  14. Substrate
    I'm planning on a 19 litre (5g) tank, which will be low-tech and natural light (at least for the foreseeable). I've not chosen plants yet, but the plan as far as stocking goes will be a few guppies, some red cherry shrimp, and probably a few snails but nothing fancy there. The guppies are a...
  15. Substrate
    I started my new freshwater tank the other day with a layer of 30 lbs FloraMax and what I thought was 25 lbs freshwater sand... I was putting everything away today snd noticed it was saltwater live sand. Well that explained the prolonged cloudiness and film at the top... But what does this...
  16. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I am trying to set up a Fluval Spec V - five gallon tank. There are no fish, but I do have plants. It is cycling. I tested my well water with an API Master kit. This is the tap water, through a softener. The outside unsoftened water is shut off for winter. KH and GH test took 26 drops - the...
  17. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I used Tetra water testing strips (I hear they're not very accurate, but I assume they could give me a ballpark of the param.) to find my water pH to be very high along with hardness. I siphoned out a little less than half the water and replaced it with distilled. A water test shows either a...
  18. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Greetings All! Adding a planted tank to my array of aquatic nerdom. The question is not about the basics.. but I do have a specific question. Normally, I RO my water for my marine tanks. But! I would like to think that the tap water I have isn't a complete waste for my aquatic needs. Here...
  19. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Wanna hear a funny story? My wife is working one night, so I take my kids to a local school carnival fundraiser. My son wins a coupon for a free goldfish from a local pet store. I tell him he can get one. Then the research begins. The 'free" goldfish would have cost us only $0.19 if we'd...
  20. Equipment
    I've read a few places of different ways to clean hard water gunk off of a tank, but I'd rather here what you guys have done specifically with your equipment. So I need to clean some hard water stains, gunk, whatever you call it off the plastic rim and hood of my tank. How have you done it...
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