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  1. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hey yall, I recently set up a 10 gallon planted tank, im unsure of what stocking, but I currently have fluval stratum and driftwood, no plants. I am cycling with API quickstart as well as seachem stability. It took around two weeks for my ammonia to come down near 0, however I have not seen an...
  2. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hanna Instruments recently started selling a $50 colorimeter for measuring nitrates in saltwater aquariums: Hanna Instruments Link Does anyone know a reason why this wouldn't work for testing our freshwater aquariums? I understand this is a bit overkill, but I have always been interested in...
  3. Low Tech Forum
    Hi, I started a planted tank on October 9th. No livestock. I've done a couple of 1 gallon water changes since then. I've had anubias with no issues before, but in this tank, the leaves have all melted off the small ones and the large one has holes in the leaves. I dosed some Tetra Safestart a...
  4. Low Tech Forum
    I will try and keep this short. I did a 20% water change 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately, I didn't test the tap water (has been fine for 20 years). The utilities department flooded the lines with chloramine due to coronavirus fears. My fish started suffocating, so I did 2 more emergency water...
  5. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hi guys, first post here. I'm currently in my second week of growing out my Monte Carlo in a high tech tank with co2/fluval nano 3.0, but I'm planning on modifying my filter and taking away the potassium nitrate in my dosing regime to get color on my Rotala H'ra. Will reducing the Nitrates harm...
  6. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I have been trying to learn more about Nitrates and how to manage them. I recall reading that a dirty filter, rather a filter that's overdue for servicing, can be a "Nitrate" factory. . . . . . . . that's referring to an aquarium filter. Could an under-counter kitchen sink faucet filter...
  7. Substrate
    So I would like to have a discussion about denitrification regarding its understanding and what aspects are imperative. First off anyone replying to this thread understands denitrification is the conversion of nitrate to nitrogen gas through having a deep substrate that creates anoxic (No O2)...
  8. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Am I correct in thinking that if I've been dosing via the EI method and my Nitrate and Phosphate is still hanging around zero, that I can increase the dosage? For context I let my substrate run out of nutrients and I'm rushing to get macros back into the tank. Algae has taken over.
  9. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    If I have 1ppm of ammonia out of my tap that's going into my tank does that mean I will have 1ppm of nitrite then 1 ppm of nitrate as the nitrification reaction proceeds? Say if I'm doing a 50% water change that will immediately be cut in half- so 0.5ppm of ammonia turns to 0.5ppm nitrite...
  10. Low Tech Forum
    Hello everyone, I'm relatively new to planted tanks and tanks in general. I adopted a cute betta fish from my coworker who was moving out of state, she wanted to leave him in the office! He was in a plastic bowl with no heater, plants or filtration. I knew he would die there so the rest is...
  11. Fish
    Quick question fish community. I have a 65 gallon tank with 2 slow growing ferns (EL Nino) and hornwort with some fake plants and decor. I was hoping to get some German Blue Ram and dwarf gourami's. How sensitive are they to nitrate? I've tried doing my due research online. I have some nitrate...
  12. Plants
    Hi, all. This is my first post to The Planted Tank Forum, or any aquarium forum! The reason I primarily joined, however, is because of some problems I've been having with my tank. Here are some specs: -40 Breeder -Marineland 230C Penguin Filter -Finnex Planted+ 24/7 (On About 8 hours a day, 7...
  13. 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...
  14. Algae
    Hi all, I’ve been struggling with my tank for almost a year now. I can’t seem to get it balanced to the point where the plants are happy, and every adjustment I make seems to make things worse. Most recently, after increasing the flow on my canister filter to full (to test if circulation was...
  15. Low Tech Forum
    Hi, sorry for the long post! I have kept freshwater tropical fish in the past but moved to having a much more planted tank at the start of this year. I've recently been having so many problems and I think I have figured out what I've done wrong, but wanted some advice on how to best fix it now...
  16. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi all, I recently did a total do-over with my 10 gallon tank. I decided to go with the low light/low tech option with tons of plants. I took out my old substrate and left a few handfulls to hopefully cycle the tank faster with some pre-existing BB (My old tank had been set up for a couple...
  17. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello hobbyists, Have any of you had nitrate levels in planted tanks at 20-40 ppm and not have any problems? My current tank is planted with crypts everywhere and nitrate level is 40 ppm. Ammonia - 0 ppm Nitrate - 0 ppm Ph - 5.8-6 20 gal. long Only fish are 9 rummy-nose and are doing good...
  18. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hey guys, A month ago I moved my 40G across my room in a process that took about 2 hours. The entire time i had my filter running in the tub that the fish were temporarily in. A week after the move i noticed that all my parameters were stuck at zero. No Ammonia spikes, no Nitrite spikes, and...
  19. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I feel like I'm going to catch a lot of flack for this question but... Are frequent to water changes REALLY necessary in a heavily planted tank??? Everyone talks about how they do weekly or even semi weekly water changes, but is it necessary? If Ammonia and Nitrite stay at zero, and Nitrates...
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