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  1. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I made some RO water this morning to add to my treated water for a water change. I tested the RO water pH with the API liquid test and it was high, WTF. So I tested pH with the high range test and it too read high. Basically the color of the pH test was bluer than the blue on the chart and the...
  2. 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...
  3. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello, My 15gal tank has been having some troubles with GSA for a couple weeks now, and it's starting to irritate me. It was on the glass only for a while, but now I can see it on my s. repens really well, as well as my anubias. I have one nerite snail, but he doesn't seem to be doing much. I...
  4. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello, So my tank has been set up for about 5-6 weeks and based on the advice of my LFS, I am using RO water. I just wanted to add that my LFS guy is very knowledgeable and has some amazing tanks, so I trust him, I would say. However, he failed to mention anything about remineralizing RO water...
  5. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I am trying to figure out what's going on with my water and am doing a little head scratching, hoping that someone can chime in and lend another perspective. I can't locate my test results from last year when I did my first testing, I swear my RODI PH was around 5. So, I went ahead and tested...
  6. Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium
    Hi all, I'm interested in making a 30 gallon-ish paludarium with enough water area to keep white cloud mountain minnows. Like 1/3 to 1/2 of the tank. The land would on a false bottom, planted with water-loving plants, and have isopods/springtails. Maybe a semi-aquatic frog if the setup does...
  7. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    So first tank has gone alright so far. A planted 29 gallon tall with currently 8 Red Cherry Shrimp, 3 otto cats, and a orange dwarf crayfish. I started with 15 cherries and lost a ton over time (if your doing the math I lost 7 shrimp.) When I asked for help I got a lot of different answers and...
  8. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    hello, i have very hard tap water, and I'm sick of it and have finally decided to go with a RO unit which will be arriving be arriving soon, being new to RO i have a few questions. i will be setting up a nature aquarium and would like my Ph to be neutral/slightly acidic for the plants as well...
  9. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    What is the best way to remineralize and keep water parameters (ph, kh) stable? I am using an RO system (not RO/DI) because my well water kills plants. I'm not going to mix tap and RO so what do i need to do to get the parameters i want and keep them stable. I plan on using seachem equalibrium +...
  10. Low Tech Forum
    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...
  11. 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...
  12. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    My tap water has been inconsistent recently, having experienced a number of shrimp and fish deaths. I am trying to switch to a 100% RO water change so as to make my water softer (target 1dKH, PH bet 6.0-6.8, and GH 3-4). The only products I have are Borneowild GH Up and Seachem Equilibrium. I...
  13. Equipment
    i dont need 100% pure water but i just want soft water for my rams so that i can breed them. is it okay to buy a cheap RO unit for like £40 -£60. alot of people say you should buy a £100 RO/DI unit but never tell me why its better than the cheaper ones. i was looking to buy either this -...
  14. Equipment
    i dont need 100% pure water but i just want soft water for my rams so that i can breed them. is it okay to buy a cheap RO unit for like £40 -£60. alot of people say you should buy a £100 RO/DI unit but never tell me why its better than the cheaper ones. i was looking to buy either this -...
  15. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello Guys and Gals I have a 190 Ltr Planted Aquarium PH: 6.6 Ammonia: 0 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate 10 ppm Phosphate: 0.25 ppm Substrate: ADA Power Sand (with some Penac P added) and ADA Amazonia Aqua Soil on top I only do my water changes with RO Water from my local pet shop...
  16. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    From what I've read in the forums RO water needs to have its GH and KH increased for a myriad of reasons. Equillibrium + baking soda or RO Right. I get this part. My question is, Does RO water need anything else? Like trace elements from a plant food or SeaChem trace etc? Is there anything...
  17. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I have several shrimp tanks, two of them primarily Crystal red and black shrimp. I've been using store bought RO water since I first set up these tanks, but suddenly the store has switched over to distilled. Is distilled water safe to use in shrimp tanks? If I wasn't an apartment dweller...
  18. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello all! :D This is my very first post here, but I've been stalking the forums for a while doing all kinds of research and enjoying everyone’s tanks. I've got a few questions for some of you pro's here with a bit more experience than I, so hopefully this is the right place. I've searched...
  19. Plants
    Hello, I'm planning to dillute my Tapwater with some RO water. The man at my LFS tells me not to. Would you please take a look at the link and comment? http://waterbedrijfgroningen.nl/nl/water-thuis/Klantenservice/veelgestelde-vragen/waterkwaliteit/Documents/Groeve.pdf Thanks
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