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What Gives? Have I S&^%$ed up So soon?
Well, everything was perking along just fine. The fellow at the LFS mentioned
to me that the local water has little buffering capacity and that's why after
sitting in the tank for a week the pH went from 7.5 to acidic. So I added
Seachem Neutral Regulator yesterday. (per directions) And my phosphate shot
up from 1 point zero to beyond 5 point zero. So I'm doing a water change
tomorrow. Or should I just wait and see?
Another question -- since my local water is going to go from circa 7 point 6
to circa 6 point 5 after a few days, I presume I can / should add Arm and
Hammer to increase buffering?
And -- since I will be adding CO2 within the next month or so, how can I
avoid all this adding of chemicals to bring the pH up, just so I can bring it
back down while injecting CO2 in the water for the plants?
Confused and slightly disgruntled. And yes I searched the Krib and came up
Oh Present tank chemistry in the 120 gallon
Temp 76 - 78 dF
pH - 7.6 -
N03 point 25
Fe(ch) point 50
phosphate 5 point zero plus (yesterday before I screwed around adding the
*Regulator* it was 1 point Zero.
This tank has been perking along just fine since the evening of 6 May. The
three swords are growing great (Rubin, Ocelot and Rose) Ditto with the
Scarlet Hydro, Giant Hydro, A. crispus and other stemmed plants whose names
I've forgotten <frown) The 15-20 odd Vals seem to be hanging in there.
Disgruntled and dreading an algae bloom but, thanking the list in advance.
Focaipoint at aol_com