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I'm new to the whole planted tank thing. I've kept fish for MANY years, and living in central Iowa with a lot of lime in our soils, I've always known to have high pH, but have never had to worry about it for my cichlids because they thrive in those conditions.

I am a bit more concerned with plants. My tap water parameters are:

GH - around 200 ppm
Chlorine - around .75 ppm
KH - around 80 ppm
pH - around 7.5
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate- around .5 (this one confuses me)

Could someone be so gracious to explain any problems and what exactly everything means? Like I said, I've never had to worry about any of this before.

I appreciate all your help on this forum. It has been a very easy transition for me!
 

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Don't try to grow Toninas or Erios and I think you'll be fine. :proud:

You may need to dose nitrates. (Though you'll probably end up dosing more than just those, depending on your lighting...)
You're just helping me out with everything ma'am! :) What exactly do you mean by "dosing" the nitrates?
 
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