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  1. Equipment
    I have a small 17-gallon tank in the making and plan to buy a RO system (I have to double-check the tap water parameters to purchase the right one). Before going there, can I use the reverse osmosis filter only when I need it and then store it in the garage? I planned to attach it to a wooden...
  2. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello all, I am attempting to do a 10g low tech planted aquarium. This tank will primarily be used as a long term setup for breeding Killies with fry growing out. But have concerns about my tap water straight from the tap. The following results are my tap water straight from the tap before...
  3. 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...
  4. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Finally making the transition to 100% RO water, and now have sooo many options for water parameters I am a bit unsure of where I want to land. Tank is a little high-tech 15 gallon set up with ADA Aquasoil. I have some picky plants that (I think) like low dKH and high Mg - Rotala macrandra mini...
  5. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi all, The last 2 months I am running a 30 g aquarium consisted of HC and some pervula mini, I use only RODI water and I have tropica aquasoil as substrate. I provide CO2 gas and strong lights using led lamps. Up to now, I used commercial salts for raising KH,GH parameters and tropica...
  6. 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...
  7. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I have some questions about Equalibrium that someone may be able to answer. I keep my RO water in a 44 gal can and like to mix the equalibrium in the can. I have 4 tanks of all different sizes when mixing the equalibrium in the can should i mix the recommended amount based on the 44 gals of the...
  8. 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...
  9. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    I'm taking the plunge and buying a RO filter so I can finally have happy CRS and OEBTs (tap water runs 7.7). At the moment I am leaning towards iSpring's 75GPD 5-stage unit, but would greatly appreciate any input on it, or other units. I live far enough off the beaten path that buying and...
  10. 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...
  11. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    After numerous issues with my tap water I am debating going 100% R/O. My biggest worry is there not being enough calcium for my inverts. Is there enough in ferts to keep molts and shells healthy? And I know this has been talked to death, but I refuse to use Flourish Excel (after a bad...
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