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  1. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I had dosed my planted aquarium with a lot of ADA Bacter 100 bacteria product, and my fishes were happy, but due to an emergency aquarium sealing failure, I had to remove all the water and my 20-gallon sump(full of water) was also shut down for 11-12 hours, now its been a few days putting the...
  2. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Okay so I just created an account after lurking since forever. I have what I believe a unique problem. I have a high tech tank where I’m getting super slow growth if any at all. New growth looks good for a bit then either browns and dies or gets riddled with Cyanobacteria. Not EVERYTHING dying...
  3. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I test religiously daily, both before and after CO2 with good old API. But I have a hard time reading those results with these aging eyes of mine. I’ve tried a variety of lighting: natural, artificial, bright sunlight, dim, and always against a white background. I feel like my eyes play tricks...
  4. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi, I’m new to the aquarium hobby and still finding my feet. currently dossing the seachem product range and still finding the right balance for my tank. I’ve noticed my Anubias Nana leaves are starting to curl and my scarlet Ludwigia has twisted leaves. Not sure if this is a calcium deficieny...
  5. Equipment
    I have the “Pollen style” bubble counter/diffuser and just set it up today. It was a pain to fill it with water, for starters. The issue is that I cannot set my CO2 past 20psi or else the bubbles become violent and too large, as if you had just an air hose without an air stone on it. I’m not...
  6. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Due to my RCS population in a mixed tank, I have moved to daily 10% water changes vs. large weekly changes to keep hardness values stable and so they don't get forced into a molt. I use a couple of those cheap half gallon plastic fish bowls you get at the LFS (that hopefully nobody ever keeps a...
  7. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    hello, can you use seachem equilibrium on its own to remineralise ro water is it ok for plants etc, or do you need anything else i don't keep specific fish or shrimp its mainly about the plants for me. i heard that seachem equilibrium was better for plants then salty shrimp. i see no mention of...
  8. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Happy Monday everyone. I have a 55 gallon heavily planted tank that I'm having trouble finding balance in. It is moderately stocked (several nerite snails and two CAE) and I feed daily. Weekly water changes. Nitrate levels seem to be consistently very close to 0 (tested and confirmed with...
  9. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I tried using the seacmhem iron multitest, and tried both the normal and low range: https://www.amazon.com/Seachem-MultiTest-Iron-Test-Kit/dp/B0006JLZ0O However, even after waiting three hours, all that happened was that I saw small black specs in clear white liquid in both. It was supposed to...
  10. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I am using the rotala butterfly calculator and when calculating trace elements it is saying I need to dose 240 ML per week in my 36 gallon tank to be within optimal range. Does this sound right? the bottle itself is only 500ML which means ill be replacing trace every two weeks.
  11. Plants
    Hi, I've been into the planted tank for some time but I always had problem with red plants so a few months ago I decided to go CO2 (Seachem) and Fertilizers so I got the PPS-Pro from gla and I've been increasing the dose since then and I still have problem with my red plants, they are better but...
  12. Substrate
    I'm thinking of switching to Flourite in an already established tank so for plants getting nutrients from the substrate what are the best root tabs to use? Of course there are popular commercials ones such as seachem and API etc but we all know anything with the phrase 'for aquarium use' has a...
  13. General Planted Tank Discussion
    So I've had my tank for about 3 years now and the setup has been very basic. Tank is 130L. The brand is Aquaone, I bought the whole package which came with the tank, light, HOB filter, heater and stand. Since then I got another HOB filter (Aquaclear). The substrate is Peat moss with white sand...
  14. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I am looking at finding a cheaper way to dose iron. Seachem works great, but I am wondering if I can cut out the middle man and find a cheaper source. I found this iron which looks like it will go a long way as it is very concentrated...
  15. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    I intend to get a Nerite snail for my 5 gallon nano planted aquarium. Should the tank have Seachem Prime added like you would when adding a fish? Or is it dangerous to snails?
  16. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello, I'm a bit new to planted tanks, and I'm having a problem. I've had a 23ish gallon tank running for a while, Pool filter sand for a substrait, and various plants. I've been using Seachem products, flourish, iron, excel. the plants in this tank either grew well, or just didn't have much...
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