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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. Substrate
    I may be new to planted tanks, but I'm not new to rocks. I majored in geology and I've noticed that most "aquarium safe rocks" lists are somewhat... limiting. I have seen a lot of conflicting information, and I think it largely comes down to two mindsets: Some people ONLY recommend inert rocks...
  3. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I've been thinking about making a low tech planted shrimp tank with the main purpose being breeding. I would like to start the tank with RO water and then add in nutrients that the shrimps and plants need. The thing is that I don't have an RO water filtration system because strict landlord. I...
  4. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    I have a bottom layer of year old flouride black gravel and a thin top layer of fluval, I think the flouride is making my tds rise by 15 to 20 everyday. Is it dangerous for blue velvet shrimp to do like 1/2 gallon RO water change every other day or maybe twice a week? I would do a drip...
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