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Re: Onyx Sand and buffering
I'm glad to hear that the plants don't really care about the hardness. My stem plants have really taken a hit, and I figured the new substrate would only affect my swords, crypts, dwarf sag. I am familiar with moving plants from an established tank to a new tank and seeing the rooted plants do nothing for quite some time, and even lose a lot of otherwise healthy growth, but, usually my stem plants never miss a beat.
The tank is a 38g
120 watts of 5000k
5lb co2 cylinder
Kh 6 (after 8 gallons of RO water on Sunday)
1.5 tbs TMG 2 times a week
2 tbs leaf zone 2 times a week
jobes sticks under the swords and crypts
I wonder if my phosphates are to low?
My plants start pearling within an hour of lights on, I just thought the hardness difference slowed the stem plant growth.
I just had the 1 complaint about the buffering, and it's really a bigger deal to my fish than my plants, I just started keeping apisto's. So, I will probably have to keep using RO until the Onyx runs out of gas and the hardness drops. I do really like the stuff though.
I just remembered I had a seachem phosphate test. The older tanks are at .05 and the new tank is at 0.0 unreadable.
Does that make much difference?
What should it be at?
What do I use to get it at the proper level?
Where do I get it?
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