I’m just providing my experience, your the one debating
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Yeah in the scheme of things, it was pretty painless. But you know, I have been down this type of road before, and a tank you can't see through doesn't worry me too much.......it always clears eventually.Well that was painless!
When the balsamica gets bigger you should put it behind the log instead of kimberly, or some other green. The log will stand out better especially as it darkens up. That is if you want the log to stand out
Cant wait to see how it goes and what sort of differences you notice in plant growth. It was cool of you to share the transition. This will be good info for a lot of folks down the road, and not only that, we could all use some entertainment right now. I know I enjoyed seeing it
This looks amazing!!!So here we are as of just a few minutes ago. Plants are twisted up from being in the dark all day. Trimmed them all back pretty hard creating a lot of room between species and room to grow. A couple days reaching for the light should straighten them out.
It sure is a lot easier pulling them out than putting them back in. Tested ammonia again and nothing really registering yet.
Feel confident things should be fine over night. Will take reading again in the morning and see where things are at.
All in all, everything went more smoothly than I anticipated. Fish seem fine and doing well.
Yep, just went over a few minutes ago.Good morning Gregg. I know you are already checking on the tank :nerd:
The pH controller is exactly what I was wondering about- I was figuring that you may need to ditch it with the active substrate. It is a good thing you have that flow meter. How often were you pinging the controller, meaning did you have your CO2 flow above what was needed (this is what I do), or were you pretty solid all day long?Yep, just went over a few minutes ago.
Here is where we stand. Fish look great, no issues at all. Ammonia barely registering, looks like between 0.25 an 0.5 so far. Will keep testing as the day goes on and see where it goes.
But more interesting is pH. Most mornings it's about 6.7 to 6.8 after gassing off some overnight. This morning it is at 6.05. I knew the soil would eat up KH and lower pH, but had no idea how much.
So I am beginning to think that dialing in CO2 will be tricky. Might have to lose the controller for a while and rely more on flow meter.
Or do I add more carbonate (K2CO3) to raise pH of RO water?
Honesty I am just not sure what is best as I sit here this morning. Anyone with experience with RO water and active substrate would love to hear from you.