Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V2 #135

>From: Thomas Price <tprice at u_washington.edu>
>Date: Mon, 12 Aug 1996 15:21:47 -0700 (PDT)
>Subject: Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V2 #134
>> From: SKAU <skau at aa_wl.com>
>> Date: Mon, 12 Aug 1996 14:25:25 -0400 (EDT)
>> Subject: Tetra Hilena InitialD
>> 	I have a 20-gallon that I used Tetra Hilena Initial D in when I set it
>> up about 4 months ago. I'm using peat plates and plant plugs with sand on
>> This tank has a really high ammonia level in it.(2ppm). I am using this same
>> substrate setup in other tanks without any problem. My plants are doing
>> I planted a dwarf water lilly as they are supposed to be heavy feeders,
>> with a spatterdock,crypts and vals and an Annubias Nana. At one time the
>> ammonia level dropped,that was when I added some Gouramiis and cats. Does
>> anyone have experience with Hilena? Is the ammonia coming from it? Could the
>> Spatterdock rhizome be rotting? (the plant is growing and seems healthy).
>> fish don't seem too bothered by the high ammonia level. Will it eventually
>> diminish? I have a Tetra WDF 4000 running as a biological filter,without it
>> the water lilly I guess there is no telling what the ammonia level might be!
>> ------------------------------
>Are you sure the test kit is working correctly? I find it hard to believe
>(REALLY hard to believe) that your fish are oblivious to 2ppm ammonia.
> Tom
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	Tom-I know, that is what is so puzzling about this. This tank is
actually belongs to my 11 year old daughter and when she tried to add neon
tetras they died in a matter of hours. Is it possible the Hilena is giving a
false reading? Maybe Gouramiis and cats are not as bothered by ammonia?

Gerry in sunny 80 degree Ann Arbor