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Re: [APD] CO2 problems (??)
Not, of course, that it matters.
On 3/1/06, Barry Anderberg <apd at swoobs_org> wrote:
> It is.
> Vaughn Hopkins wrote:
> > Is this a 29 gallon aquarium? You seem to have omitted that piece of
> > data.
> > Vaughn H.
> > On Tuesday, February 28, 2006, at 05:20 PM, Barry Anderberg wrote:
> >> My city water report says my water's alkalinity, due entirely to
> >> bicarbonate and nothing else, is 17.5 dKH.
> >> My Aquarium Pharmaceuticals test kit confirms this number.
> >> Both Red Sea pH test and Aquarium Pharmaceuticals pH test agree that my
> >> pH is currently at or around 6.8.
> >> That gives me a whopping 85 ppm of CO2 in the water. This stands to
> >> reason as I am bubbling about 3 bubbles per second into an external DIY
> >> reactor.
> >> The problem? None of my fish are showing any stress at all, which
> >> makes
> >> me wonder if I am missing something and that my CO2 really isn't that
> >> high.
> >> As a newbie to planted tanks I'm also obsessed with getting my plants
> >> to
> >> pearl, and they do, every day almost all day long, but it isn't very
> >> heavy pearling like I have seen in some photos.
> >> Maybe I should try some riccia.
> >> Also I am starting to see some hair algae on the older growth leaves,
> >> especially on my ludwigia. I thought if I kept the CO2 high and made
> >> sure my plants had all the nutrients they needed I would be able to
> >> avoid this kind of thing.
> >> my tank is as follows:
> >> 100% eco-complete
> >> 10 total hours of lighting, 65W CF lighting with a 3 hour, 2x65W
> >> "mid-day"
> >> Water: 22 dGH, 18 dKH, 6.8 pH
> >> Aquarium Pharm. Test Kit Results (for whatever they are worth)
> >> NO3: 20 to 30 ppm
> >> PO4: 5 ppm
> >> I dose using the Estimative Index as follows:
> >> Sunday: 50% water change, followed by dose of 1/4 tsp KNO3, 1/16 tsp
> >> K2SO4, 1/16 tsp KH2PO4
> >> Monday: 15 mL Plantex CSM+B mixed at 1 tbsp. per 250 mL water
> >> Tuesday: Same dosing as Sunday
> >> Wednesday: Same as Monday
> >> Thursday: Same dosing as Sunday
> >> Friday: Same as Monday
> >> Saturday: Nothing
> >> How can I improve my tank and get better, faster growing, healthier
> >> plants and stop that annoying hair algae that is starting to form?
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