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  1. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello. I have a lengthy question and observation. So my house has a water softener because my water is extremely hard for drinking water being at 330ppm General Hardness. So Calcium and Magnesium is high. The water softener replaces Ca and Mg ions with sodium chloride so there should be more...
  2. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I am interested in learning more about the freshwater nitrogen cycle and how to support denitrification bacteria. I often find articles that look great and have the level of depth I'm looking for, only to discover it's about a marine environment. Is the nitrogen cycle of the saltwater tank so...
  3. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I am not sure if this question goes under "Fish" or "Fertilizers and Water Parameters". Instead of flipping a coin I will just post the Q here! Background: Substrate is Tropica plant soil (similar to ADA amazonia) Water changes consist of RO/DI water remineralized w/ GH - Calcium (CaSO4 and...
  4. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I have a salt-based water softener and I'm on a well. I was told by someone on Facebook (not a solid source, I know) that I shouldn't use water-softened water in my tanks. But why? I have been getting water directly from the garden hose and using Prime to condition it when doing my water...
  5. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Reposting here to get some more opinions... Salt? Yeah containing 90+ minerals and trace elements, and over 50,000 organic compounds!!! Do I have your attention ??? Here is a link to SeaAgri's site showing some pretty impressive reviews... From a couple of aquarium owners. One using it for...
  6. Fish
    Hey All! A friend of mine has a betta with fin rot, I was just wondering what the salt dosage should be for him? It's pretty mild right now, but I figured salt would be better than some fancy blue medication. Thanks guys! --Miles
  7. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Just wanted to confirm that salt is strictly to be avoided in a planted tank isnt it? These are the plants in the tank: Amazon sword Green cabomba Green cryptocoryne (wendtii I think) Wisteria Banana Ozelot sword 2 other types of low light stem plants, dont know the id Thanks.
  8. Lighting
    Is there any negative effect of using salt water T5's on a fresh water tank? I like the bluey hue it gives off. I'm getting a 84 Gallon 2' tank that comes with a hanging light fixture. (2 tubes 50 ish watts each). I also purchased a second used matching fixture allowing me to use up to 4...
  9. California
    So my DG (Dwarf Gourami) got a white patch on the sides of his body. In response, I added a couple table spoons of salt (aquarium salt) and raised the water temp to 78. The sides of the fish appear to be healing. The white stuff is disappearing, and surprisingly, I've got a huge giant nest in my...
  10. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I added 1 tbsp of aquarium salt to a 20g tank. I have java fern, aponogeton, argentine sword, and duckweed. I read that some plant are sensitive to salt. I have done a 25% water change. Will my plants be O.K.?
  11. Fish
    I have tetras in my tank that have ich. The first time I saw the white dots appear I went to the store and bought Quick Cure by Aquarium Products. I used the 1/2 dose method suggested by the manufacture for tetras. 2 days later, they were getting worse, And I have lost over half of my tetras...
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