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  1. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    So, my grandmother wanted her own shrimp aquarium for Christmas. I set one up, cycled it, and stocked it just in time for Christmas for her. I've had nothing but trouble with it since, however. The cycle had a hiccup but is improving, the addition of new livestock caused it to produce...
  2. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Hi all! New to the forum so apologies in advance for any missteps (just let me know). I have a ton of questions regarding Neo care & breeding, but I suspect posting them all on one thread might make a few people crazy, lol, so I’ll start with my main pressing concerns: I am wanting my water...
  3. 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...
  4. Substrate
    I'm gonna be starting a new setup with ADA aquasoil (a lot of it) and remineralised RODI water. I'm interested to know any experience you guys have with it as I am currently kinda confused. I know that the soil basically removes all KH from the water and I have read that adding KH can cause the...
  5. Algae
    Hey everyone! I'm sure everyone is sick of algae/diatoms questions, but I feel like this one is unique. I've had a diatom problem in a tank that is over a year old. I've done all the regular stuff...using RODI water, good tank maintenance, eliminated or minimized sources of phosphates and...
  6. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Okay, I got my ro water unit a few days ago and have some questions. Is there an all-in-one type product that will remineralize to a good Gh and Kh for a planted aquarium? I've heard that some people mix their own minerals/elements/ferts together the get the Gh and Kh to the desired degree...
  7. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hey everyone, Ive decided to buy an ro system and will need to re mineralize the water. Ive heard that there are a few ways to do this; what would you suggest, something pre mixed like sachem equilibrium or a custom mix of nutrients / minerals. thanks in advance.
  8. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Does fluval stratum loose its ability to soften water, because I have very hard tap water that is not the best for growing plants, but fluval stratum keeps it just soft enough for the plants to do well. Should I continue to rely on the stratum to keep my parameters in check or should I use...
  9. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Should I use RODI? Distilled? Tap? Someone also said boiled and cooled. I'm planning to add a teaspoon of distilled vinegar to my micros also, would this be ok? How about preventing mould in the bottles? Thanks!
  10. Equipment
    Hi guys! I'm a noob to "real" planted tanks, but not necessarily aquariums in general. I hope this post is in the right section because really my question is, what do most of you guys use for water in your freshwater planted tanks? Are you using RODI water that has been remineralized, and if...
  11. General Planted Tank Discussion
    How many people are using RODI water in planted tanks? If you are using it or have knowledge on the subject, could you please weigh in? What affect does it have on a tank, do you need to add more supplements/ fertilizers? If you are transitioning from a tank that used tap w/ prime will there...
  12. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    So I've been looking at getting an RO unit for a while now, and seeing very good units from a site for $100 I'm inclined to move on it. Once its set up and putting out RO/DI water, how do I remineralize it? what do I use? If using only RO/DI water in a tank, then can I use an inert substrate...
  13. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I emptied my dehumidifier and I was wondering if I could use the water from it in my aquarium? Theoretically you should be able to. Any ideas?
  14. The Lounge & Introductions
    I left my RO on last night and forgot about it I had about 30+ gallons of water soak into my carpet. I have been washing and drying towels all day and rotating them. I also ran a box-fan and a dehumidifier. I also used my wet/dry vac. Some of my sheet rock even got wet. I used an anti mildew and...
  15. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Hey All, I finally have my RO/DI system setup. I have equilibrium to put into my RO/DI barrels. I was wondering, would shrimp prefer pure RO/DI or RO/DI with equilibrium added. I have heard that pure RODI is bad for fish, but wasn't sure if shrimp are the same way. I tried searching on here and...
  16. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hey All, I am brand new to planted tanks. I have a co-worker friend that started the snowball down hill and I am already addicted. I have a decent amount of hobby flex money and have decided to dump it on my first 55G planted tank. I will post pictures of what I have already purchased and I am...
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