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  1. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi all, I am bit confused with how one goes about remineralising their RO water. I use Salty Shrimp GH+ which gives the water GH obviously. It is when I add KH to the water that Im having issues. I recently switched from using tap water to getting an RO/DI system, mainly because the pH was a...
  2. 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...
  3. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi All, Have a 150g with a CO2 regulator hooked up to the return side of canister filter running through CO2 reactor. Have it set to ~ 2bps. The drop checker does not change from blue even when placed closer to the filter return (where CO2 comes in to tank). Overall, water is high PH (well...
  4. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I have a 100 gal fresh water tank with CO2 injection. In recent months the CO2 tank runs dry rather quickly. When CO2 injection is off the pH rises quickly and in about a day has gone from 6.8 to 7.8. It never did this in the past. I use R/O and have not changed how i replenish it with...
  5. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    A little Background: I have make mistakes taking care of my aquarium so bare with me in the story, My kid wanted a pet fish so i decided, without previous research (First Mistake), to go to PetSmart. I grabbed a 20g aquarium kit and the fish my kid wanted was the little comet goldfish. As they...
  6. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Different tanks 20 gal high & 30 gal high. Inert sand and black diamond substrate. Current USA Planted + LED lights - getting algae growth, guessing, I'm good. Low light, I'm happy at present. Osmocote plus root tabs for fertilizer 8.4 pH from local water supply GH 2 drops 36 ppm KH 28...
  7. Fish
    Hi! I recently acquired an used 10 gallon tank that I'm trying to set up for a betta. It was in pretty rough shape at first with quite a bit of mineral deposits on the side of the tank = / ... I read somewhere that I should use vinegar to get rid of it, but it turned out to be a big mistake...
  8. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I got my tank set up last weekend, and started going on my fishless cycle. While doing that, I'm keeping a close eye on all of the parameters, and I've been boggled by my ridiculously high pH! It was at 8.2-8.4, whereas my tap water was reading 7.4. The tap water level would be okay for most of...
  9. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I'm fishless cycling out new tank, and I'm getting consistent 8.2 pH levels. On a hunch I tested my tap water, and guess what? 8.2. Is there a natural way to bring this down, without just dumping chemicals into the tank? I considered just asking at the LFS, but I'm pretty sure they would...
  10. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hey everyone, I just started my first planted tank last week and I'm off to a great start aside from a higher than usual Ph. I have a standard flourite-based substrate and some river sand. I used RO water from the LFS and they sold me on some Acid Neutralizer and Alkaline Neutralizer to...
  11. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Hi, guys! Long time reader, first time poster, and of course I have a problem :) So, I have a 10 gallon I've been trying to raise shrimp in, and I've had terrible luck. It took me a little while to realize that my local water is insanely soft -- 0GH, 0KH -- which was why none of my little...
  12. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello out there!! I'm new to the hobby (started my tank on the 4th) and my ph reading is 8.0. Prior to filling my tank, I tested the tap and got a reading of 7.1 ph and 17.2 ppm hardness. All I've done is added CaribSea eco-complete (planted) and dechlorinator. Why did my ph skyrocket? I...
  13. Tank Journals
    Most current pic, taken 4/7/11 3/23/11 1/11/11 ____________________________ This tank is about 3 years old. It was the first tank that I set up for growing plants. I had planted tanks before, but they were only low light setups (both with Eclipse hoods). This tank was doing...
  14. Fish
    HI, I am setting up my first tank, and my tap water is pretty high, about 7.8. It doesn't sound like there are any good options for lowering it permanently, and I am discouraged that I will be greatly limited in the variety of fish I can keep. Does anyone have experience with similar water pH...
  15. Tank Journals
    Well here it is my new home and guess what the just happened to be in my new living room and they dont sell at furniture stores.... you guessed it a spanking new 36 bowfront and a 46 gallon stand... you might ask why but for a 100 bucks you cant beat the petco stand!!! plus its added protection...
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