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  1. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I'm getting back into the hobby after a lot of years, and am wondering what the best stuff is for testing these days. I know I'm going to want to test for specific stuff. nitrate phosphate calcium alkalinity I have a pH meter and a refractometer already. I'm thinking I'm not gonna bother...
  2. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    After getting my water report for 2013 and seeing nirtrates never got above 2 ppm and the many times I tested tap always showed over 20ppm (that red-orange color) and doing this with 3 different nitrate kits I'm questioning the quality of API. I tested the kit against a distilled (definitely...
  3. Equipment
    I was just wondering out of all the test kits out not name brand kits, but the test themselves which is the best to keep an eye with? Either PH,Nitrates,Nitrites,GH,KH. Also when testing or useing a GH buffer such as bakin soda/powder is there a ppm to shoot for or does the tank/plants/live...
  4. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I'm having slight trouble with some brown hair algae in my fifty-five gallon aquarium. I suppose it is moderately to heavily planted and contains six oto's, ten Amano Shrimp, and two SAE's;I'll post a picture of the aquarium so you can see for yourselves. The plants are doing fine but the algae...
  5. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I just got a 75.00 gift certificate from Big Als. I dont own any test kits. Does anyone have any recommendations as to what to purchase? Thanks
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