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While I've had previous tanks with some plants the tanks were never set up to be planted tanks. I put them in, they clung to life for a while, died, and I replaced them. This time I wanted to set up a tank where my plants would thrive.

Substrate: 110# Eco Complete

Lighting: Finnex 24/7 48"

Ferts: Seachem Flourishn (one capfull twice weekly), Excel (two capfulls daily), and root tabs

Water params
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: ~10
KH: 1
GH: 10

Water changes are done maybe monthly and only about 10 - 20%.

Filter: Aquatop CF500 canister

Temp: 80

Plants:
Chain sword
Corkscrew Val
Ludwigia peruensis
Ruffle sword
Japanese Rush

Fish:
Clown Loaches. Two are 20+ years old, three are only about one year old.

Upside down catfish: 2, about 10 years old

Tiger loaches: three, about three years old

About 8 mountain minnows, four hatchets, and one betta round out the list.
 

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Tank looks great, how large are your two old clown loaches?
Thanks. Actually one is 24 and the other is about 18. They are both about 6" long and doing quite well.

Bump: I just changed around the filter media in the canister. I got is used and it was already cycled so I didn't really want to mess with it much. Now that the tanks been running for about a month I changed around the media as it seemed to be pretty haphazard.

In the first tray I have a course sponge, then medium, then fine, topped with filter floss

Second basket I have brand new Seachem Matrix.

Third, I kept the ceramic bio media that was already there. I'll replace that with Matrix next month. Didn't want to do too much at once.

Fourth try I have a medium sponge topped with about 300 ml of bagged Seachem Purigen.
 

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The day after adding the Purigen the tank was is certainly clearer. I'm happy with the product. Nitrates dropped overnight from 10 ppm to 5 ppm. Ammonia and nitrites are still at 0.

I'm still a bit concerned about the KH reading of 1 (or less). I plan on getting some crushed coral this weekend and adding about 1/2 cup to one of the filter trays. I'll let that run for a week and check KH again to see if it did anything. pH still holding at about 7.

Everyone is happy. Well, except the betta. I think he's half Klingon or something. He flairs his gills at everyone. Never bothers anyone, just seems he wants them all to know who actually rules the tank. Everyone ignores him. He does seem to amuse the small clown loaches though.
 

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I just added 1/2 cup of crushed coral to the top tray of my canister filter. I'm hoping this will raise the KH to about 4 or 5 degrees. I'll monitor it daily and add more if necessary.

I also removed the ceramic rings in the third tray and replaced them with Seachem Matrix, nothing to do with the KH, I've been meaning to do this. I now have:

Tray one: Coarse, medium, and fine sponges, topped with filter floss.
Tray two: Seachem Matrix.
Tray three: Seachem Matrix.
Tray four: Medium filter pad, Seachem Purigen, 1/2 cup crushed coral.

Ammonia: 0, Nitrites: 0, Nitrates: 5 ppm.
 
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