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  1. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    After losing most of my livestock to various errors I would like to repopulate my tank, but this time thinking more carefully about what animals work best with my water parameters. Therefore, I am measuring all relevant water parameters and am wondering if I am missing out on anything. My...
  2. Plants
    I need some advice from someone who knows plants better than I do. What do the plants that do badly in this tank have in common? Plants that do badly: Monte Carlo (barely spreading after 6 months) Water sprite (both floating and planted barely grow) Cabomba Caroliniana (added a month ago and...
  3. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello all, Let me start with a bit of background. I'm a fish-keeper with about 45 or so years of experience. I've kept fish since I was 8. My father kept fish since the early 1950's. So I'm not coming to you with a "newbie" question. That said, I've obviously made some kind of mistake and...
  4. Substrate
    Hi! I'm on Day 8 of my fishless cycle. It's a 7G planted tank with ADA Amazonia and root tabs. I've been doing daily water changes and I keep the light on for around 8 hours a day. According to my API test kit: pH: 7.0 Ammonia: 4ppm Nitrites: 0.25-0.5ppm Nitrates: 20ppm-40ppm Based on what...
  5. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    When I use API test strips my gh comes up as 180 ppm. I want to test to see how high it actually is. What are my options in softening it that don’t include an ro/di system? That also works with sponge and cartridge filters? I have aquariums that are planted and not. Ranging in size from 2.5-30...
  6. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    So I have been trying to raise my calcium and kh levels in my 55g fish, snail, and planted tank. I have actually tried a bunch of things. I was doing water changes every two weeks. I have now changed it to once a week to try and help replenish the calcium mostly for snails and plants are doing...
  7. General Planted Tank Discussion
    So I have a new 55 gallon tank that has been cycling and I feel like I may be doing something wrong. I've been throwing food in to help cycle but the ammonia never spikes and the Nitrite and Nitrates seem to be all over. I have successfully cycled tanks before but this is my first planted one...
  8. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I just started my Walstad planted tank a week ago. I added organic soil beneath a layer of gravel. I've done a few water changes, but despite that this white stuff seems to keep growing... Could it be just biofilm? My water parameters seem to be okay according to my 6 in 1 test strips. The water...
  9. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    New to the fish keeping hobby, so please forgive me for the mistakes I have made, the ones I will continue to make, and anything I ask that makes me sound like the completely inexperienced hobbyist that I am. We started with a 10 gallon community tank about a year ago with a dwarf gourami, 4...
  10. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Hi! I'm new to keeping shrimp and I didn't think to test my GH and KH before getting my RCS (everything else was fine as far as I know). My GH is only like 30 ppm and my KH is SUPER high, somewhere between 180 and 240 ppm! 2 weeks ago I bought 4 RCS for my planted 10 gallon, and this week 2 have...
  11. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hey everyone, I've been wanting to start a planted 75 gal and I keep having problems with green water. I did the whole thing, 15-25% water changes every other day, less feedings, gravel vac. my ammonia is still at 0.25 (has been for a while no matter what I do) and my nitrates are at 5ppm, my...
  12. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello everyone! first time posting on the forum, ok now to the beef. I have had this 5 1/2 gallon tank full of cherry shrimpies and MTS. At this point it been 6 months without a water change I just top it off with RO water whenever the water level drops a little bit but other than that the only...
  13. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello, So my tank has been set up for about 5-6 weeks and based on the advice of my LFS, I am using RO water. I just wanted to add that my LFS guy is very knowledgeable and has some amazing tanks, so I trust him, I would say. However, he failed to mention anything about remineralizing RO water...
  14. 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...
  15. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi All! I really want to get into planted tanks, but my water parameters don't seem to be plant friendly. Note: For the following measurements I've used the API Freshwater Test Kit, and Tetra Test Strips for the things the API kit doesn't cover. pH - 8.4 GH - 0 ppm KH - 300 ppm Ammonia - 0...
  16. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hey everyone, I have a 20 gallon planted aquarium that I set up in August and for some reason I can't seem to keep the fish alive. I've tried oto and cory catfish, platies, mollies, and guppies. One of the platies was actually pregnant when we bought it and it gave birth to several fry, 2 of...
  17. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi everyone. I need some advice to get my plants to that lush green you see in aquascaping photos. I have a 55gal (48"x12"x22") with 1 planted+ light, which I've recently stopped using the 24/7 cycle and gone to on/off settings to get my algae to die off. Anyhow, I'm seeking to solve 2 related...
  18. Low Tech Forum
    I started my first aquarium as a hobby with my daughter about 1 year ago. My daughter is most interested in the fish and I am most interested in the plants. That being said I have struggled much more than I anticipated to achieve consistently good growth. In December I moved everything...
  19. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Seiyru stone is gorgeous, no problem with that. But it alters the water parameters. In my tanks, i notice a TDS increase, and a GH increase. So the question is : by how much does it do that? In order to answer that question, i'm devising an experiment to figure out that. Here is the idea : i...
  20. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Hi Guys, I am currently staying in a tropical country and I would like to have a Shrimp tank that house Sakura Shrimps. This would mean that I have a fan that runs directly above my tank planted with Java Ferns on Cholla Wood and 5 Miniature Moss Balls, with a filter gives a good run. However, I...
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