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  1. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi all, A while back I made a post about algae issues in my 10g planted tank (Help with Algae Bloom). One of the issues discovered was that my tank had high levels of phosphate (5-10ppm). That was 5 months ago. Since then Ive done a revamp of the tank because most plants were just covered in...
  2. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello! So I am brand new to the idea of using RO/DI units. Therefore, I don't know: The best kind How they work How to use them And how to remineralize the water. I have some Crystal Reds that I acquired almost accidentally that are in a 5g right now. I've had them since November 2017 and I've...
  3. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Using PPS Pro with RO/DI water. Looking for a DIY Recipe for re-mineralizing RO/DI water. Found the recipe below, see chart/link. Question: Can CaSO4*H2O2 be substituted for CaSO4? Seems as if gypsum is much cheaper and easier to find than pure CaSO4. Of course, any other tips on this topic...
  4. Missouri
    I work in Clayton and have a 3 gallon planted Betta tank on my desk. The Betta and the plants have been doing great since inception (January). However, I've had poor luck with snails. They just seem to do worse and worse and eventually die. I got a Nerite snail about a month ago and he stays...
  5. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hey Everyone, (small background: I have been a planted tank guy for many years with some good tanks and some really bad failures. I use to be a member here but gave up out of frustration. I continued helping other people set-up there tanks and making rock walls and plumbing and making designs...
  6. Equipment
    Hello all, I am in the process of building my very first aquarium room (!), and am considering the myriad options for equipment out there. The species I will keep will be varied and will require different water chemistries, with some doing splendidly on my local central New York tap water...
  7. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi, My L.A. County tapwater is very hard (8dKH, 12dGH), alkaline (pH=8++), has recently been turning in about 20ppm of Nitrates, 0.5ppm of phosphates and God-knows-how-much of silicates. With fishload, even with a planted tank, I'm finding it difficult to maintain 40ppm of NO3 (API test), so my...
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