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    Inexpensive way to boost CO2?

    Agreed, I got 3 bunches of Ludwigia s.repens. I didn't realize how much plant that was lol.. But anyways my tank went from scarcely planted to moderately planted. Now I also got an iron testing kit.. Interestingly enough, Free iron was .1 mg/l or less, while chelated iron was .1 to .25 mg/l...
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    Inexpensive way to boost CO2?

    Hmmm. Fast growing would be nice, If I could get it to stay as red as it is in the pictures then that would be cool. I installed some dragon stone, redecorated to get rid of some the rocks that are affecting the GH, Need to keep a few to make sure the tank doesn't have to cycle again. Also my...
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    Inexpensive way to boost CO2?

    So I stand corrected. My tap water has less than 1 dGH. Carbonates however, were up to 15 dKH. Now im reading in some places that Dwarf sagittaria likes 2-30 dKH. In my tank Carbonates were at 1 or less dKH, and GH was at 16-17 dGH. So do actually I have too little carbonates in the tank while...
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    Inexpensive way to boost CO2?

    I got the first batch of replace stones for the Texas hole rock that is probably screwing with my GH. I also got some black humate. The list goes as Dragon Stone, crystal rock, some zebra rock. It just so happens that my house has a big rock garden full of river rocks. I went out and selected...
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    Inexpensive way to boost CO2?

    I may have found my answer. The white rocks that dominate the aquascape are calcium based rocks (White usually indicate calcium in most rocks) I got them from my local pet store a long time ago. I will still test everything tomorrow. But that is probably my answer in this case. So would you have...
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    Inexpensive way to boost CO2?

    Substrate is some mystery black and white sand I bought years ago, the new substrate that has naturally drifted to the top (I replace some the old sand with it) is caribsea Eco-complete. If I had to guess at what would be adding so much GH, I would say it is probably some of the decorative rocks...
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    Inexpensive way to boost CO2?

    So I got my GH/KH test kit today... And my KH was at around 1dKH and my GH.. Well it was at 16-17 dGH.. I have no idea how a tank gets that hard while using RO water. I was using buffer solutions and maybe those might do it. I imagine that Flourish comprehensive is boosting that as well. But I...
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    Inexpensive way to boost CO2?

    As said above, I did add more iron. It temporarily increased growth, but then it suddenly slowed and some leaves began to show signs of deficiency of other elements. As Byron said, too much iron causes plants to stop processing other nutrients. I already had root tabs and flourish comprehensive...
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    Inexpensive way to boost CO2?

    Hmmm, I did have that thought. I haven't done that in a while though. My tap water is iron heavy, without softener salt the water tends to stain everything a little red, so just something to be careful of. Update: I checked out my little local fish store. They had some prepackaged assorted...
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    Inexpensive way to boost CO2?

    I used to be all about filtration too. I used to have a little green spotted puffer in that tank, and because they are brackish fish who are very territorial, and need 35G all to themselves practically. I never got to make beautiful aquascapes with that fish. Now that I know more, im wondering...
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    Inexpensive way to boost CO2?

    WOW! Looks great! Definitely how I want my plants to look. My loaches seem to uproot any plants with insignificant root systems as well, which then drift over to my filter. I feel like the key to a good planted aquarium is tests and knowledge. I should have invested in getting as many test kits...
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    Inexpensive way to boost CO2?

    Ok, Yea I haven't added any iron since then. I tried to pick species that do alright in the same conditions as the knight goby. However there is a complicated situation with this tank because I was away from it for 3 years (still my tank) and my parents were taking care of it. They are... not so...
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    Inexpensive way to boost CO2?

    I do use Flourish comprehensive, I did get a bottle of Flourish Iron as well. I was thinking that it would be smart to add a little tap water to each water change to boost the GH/KH. I have been hesitant to add more iron because I do not have a way to measure Iron levels yet.
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    Inexpensive way to boost CO2?

    2 small clown loaches 1 yoyo loach 1 blue gourami 1 common plecostomus 1 knight goby 1 bamboo shrimp Its an odd mix, but they all seem to get along. I tried to pair up fish that thrive in similar conditions and occupy different levels of the water column and its been working out for a few...
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    Inexpensive way to boost CO2?

    I forgot the light specs here. The light is a self described Full spectrum at 6500K. It has white, red, green, and blue lights. The PAR at 12in is 72. Lux is 4800 at 12 in and it is 1950 lumens. It is described as a medium to high light. It definitely made a huge difference when i installed it...
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    Thank you all for your responses and advice by the way!
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    Inexpensive way to boost CO2?

    I forgot to mention that I am using RO water, and I have tested it before. There were no traces of anything other than the natural PH of the water. So supplements are needed for this tank because the water in my area is is off the charts for GH/KH (well water) and I cant use it without risking...
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    Inexpensive way to boost CO2?

    As you can tell, A number of nerite snails love having their way on pretty every surface. The anubias are indeed making many new shoots, and are doing quite well despite being covered in BBA, which I did slow down by adjusting my light cycle. Sadly I ran out of GH and KH tests, I will get more...
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    Inexpensive way to boost CO2?

    Please be gentle lol, this is not the ideal state of the tank I had in mind. With the new 36 watt 48" LED I put in there an algae bloom started, you can see a lot of BBA and a new green algae has started recently as well. I have reduced the light cycle to 8 hours which seemed to stop the...
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    Inexpensive way to boost CO2?

    Oh ok, So the powerhead aeration was likely hurting my cause. Should I consider putting the powerhead on a timer with the lights? Will slow moving water increase the CO2 levels in a way that benefits the plants when they are consuming it? Pictures coming soon!
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