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  1. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    My water is very soft (2 degrees GH and KH out of the tap, and pH is 7.4). I'm working out ways to increase the general and carbonate hardness to safer levels. My tank is brand new (5 days old), so it's still cycling (ADA Tropica substrate), so I'm kind of in "prevention/preparation" phase. I...
  2. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Hello! I recently put 10 cherry shrimp in my pretty heavily planted Fluvial 5 spec with some chili rasboras hoping to start a colony! I wanted to run my parameters by you all to see if I need to boost my GH/KH at all... or are these suitable for red cherry shrimp? GH: ~120ppm KH...
  3. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Long story short, due to bad advice, about a month ago I ended up doing a water change with dechlorinated tap water instead of (unmineralized) RO water, which I had been using for every previous water change. At that point (end of July) the tank was 1-2 months old. Since I've switched back to...
  4. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    My new office aquarium is now set up and running (no plants yet, just an empty tank): 44g Tall Office Tank The GH and KH are both 5° (I'm just using tap water treated with API Stress Coat + to knock the chlorine out). I know the recommended hardness for planted tanks is <3°, but my question is...
  5. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I've been looks at the ratios and percents of Ca, Mg and K in the readily available GH boosters and none of the chemistry/math is lining up. I have both NilocG's and GLA's GH booster salts (and I've used seachem equilibrium in the past). NilocG's is the only one that states a ratio for the...
  6. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Newish tank (22 gallon using RO), been up for about a month with fish. Completely cycled and aquasoil is done slamming the water column with ammonia. All parameters are in normal range except GH, and TDS is slightly high around 350-400 but I'll get to that below. Nitrate - 10-20 Phosphate - 0...
  7. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Set up a 125 planted tank about 6 weeks ago using RO water. I have crushed coral in bags in the sump and added some eggshells in another bag to bring the GH and KH up. My question is, I have been experiencing a great deal of diatom algae and I know this is part of the process and somewhat...
  8. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Background info: About 4 months ago I set up a 20 gallon long, Red Crystal Shrimp tank (my first). I let the tank cycle and added the shrimp about a month and a half ago. I use RO water and remineralize with Bee Shrimp GH+ to a TDS of around 150. Bee Shrimp GH+ claims too raise the TDS and GH of...
  9. Planted Nano Tanks
    completely redid my 3.7 with the hopes of making it more open and better balanced. Added a hit and cut down the wood to allow more space for swimming and planting foreground plants. Im running semi high light and co2 so what carpet plant do you guys think would work for the front? also does...
  10. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hey anyone use Cichlid Lake Salt with good results? I have used it twice when the tank first started up, but wanted to run a few questions by you guys: - Should Seachem's Cichlid Lake Salt be added after each water change? pH is currently 8, kH is 8, gH is 9. - What are the pros and cons of...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Aloha I've been slowly converting my office tank into a black water set up, in order to see if I can my Chili Rasboras to breed. My office water has always held a steady pH of 7.6 (+/- .2). The water has be remarkably soft with a GH of 107.4 (6 drops*) and KH of 71.6 (4 drops*) I've have...
  14. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Sorry to revisit this topic, just need some advice from an expert or two! It's our first planted tank, 580L, radion LED lighting, CO2 added etc, 70% planted, been running 5-6wks approx. Here's what we have test-wise: Tap water pH: 8 Tap water kH: approx 35.8ppm Tank pH before CO2 comes on: 6.4...
  15. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I live near Madison, Wisconsin, where the water is very hard. We've got a lot of temporary hardness, and several of the local brewers (another hobby) use slaked lime with additional calcium salts to remove. Typical water parameters are: IonAverage(ppm) Calcium (Ca+2) 70 Magnesium (Mg+2) 41...
  16. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi everyone! I had corona nerite snails in my tank, but they eventually all got pitted shells and died. My tank is planted with CO2 injection. I have very soft tap water (2 deg KH, 1 deg GH), so I raise the KH to 3 by adding baking soda with every water change. My pH without CO2 is 7.6-7.8...
  17. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I've been searching around and read a few posts here about GH/KH, there seems to be some differences in opinion but many mention that either isn't much to worry about. However the water were I live in England (Oxfordshire) is extremly hard as we live on top of pure chalk: KH: 12-13 GH: 20 PH...
  18. Substrate
    Hi, long time lurker, first time poster here. Question: Do I need to neutralize the [small amount of] calcium carbonate in coarse sand when I use it in combination with mineralized soil? I've been reading up on the mineralized soil technique many people here have used with great success and I...
  19. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    After a mini-disaster which wiped out all of my fauna - I am back at it in my 14 gal tank. First the basics: Eco Complete, Anubia on driftwood, Java Moss, Glosso. PC 2x40w Current USA Pressurized CO2, Drop Checker Green I have had the tank up and running with same plants, substrate...
  20. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I've notice that the water in my 20 gallon shrimp tank is harder than my tap water. Upstate NY's tap has 12 degrees hardness, and my aquarium water is steady at 14-15 with weekly 25% water changes. Does anyone know whether or not Zebra Rock raises pH and GH? I don't have any HCL, and I don't...
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