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>Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 22:47:03 -0800
>From: Rice <RiceGuy at stones_com>
>To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
>Subject: Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V3 #121
>I wrote sent this a few days back, but didn't see it. If
>this is a double post, I apologize.
>Finally, today, after much efforts, I started to cut off
>*GREEN* leaves! All I can say is sincerest thanks to all of
>you, especially Steve Pushak, who devoted hours of his time
>to privately correspond with me and who made sure I did it
>right. All of you who were ever so kind to help out the
>newbie... I can't say enough of how great a list this is, or
>of how much collective knowledge is found on here.
>I see a few little baby plants popping up from nowhere-
>isn't it so cool? Already, I'm imagining my future 300
>gal planted tank... awwwiiiieeeee! Hope I win the lottery
>I've been wondering if freezing PMDD (the stuff that has
>already been mixed) would help. would it help preserve it?
>or would that be counter productive?
>I recently found out that I have too much Mg in my pmdd;
>about twice as much as recommended in the formula. Is this
>        As of now, my tank (50 gal hexagon) is vacant,
>except for a
>few ghost shrimps.  thinking of adding a pair of discus. My
>water, however, is very unfavorable for keeping soft, acidic
>water fishes. pH is around 8.3 and I'm guessing that the
>hardness is around 22 KH. Now, if I want to lower the pH, I
>can do one of the following or a combination: 1) increase
>CO2 (unlikely to be very effective because I dont want CO2
>poisoning), I figured that i can get the pH to 7.34 if I
>increase CO2 to 30 ppm. 2) add peat. Probably won't need to
>do that because my substrate is already partly made of peat.
>pH would lower over time. Only, this would mean that I can't
>change the water that often. Thinking of making an automatic
>water changer... so you can see my conflict. 3) use RO
>water. seems to be the best choice, but a real hassle
>though. changing water with a 5 gallon bottle doesn't sound
>very fun. 4) not changing water at all. Please advice me
>here, I have no clue as to what will result form this. 
>        Hooking the RO up as the automatic water changer is
>not a
>option. Can't afford it, need the RO for drinking water,
>parents wont let, yada, yada, yada... Any expensive options
>are out of the question; my budget is in my wallet, and my
>wallet is rather thin and sickly looking. :-| I've been
>doing pretty good on my spending so far, (substrate <-- most
>expensive!, CO2, aquarium stand, reactor, lights, gravel,
>plants, heater, power head, fertilizer, etc..), ran a total
>of about $100 (got tank for free). pretty good huh? Anyway,
>if you can think of anyway to get a low pH at a low cost,
>please let me know.
>And once again, thanks to all of you- amazing I got this