06-20-2012, 07:54 PM
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: San Antonio, Texas
iTrader Positive Rating: 100%
| | Intro from East Texas and new setup
Hi there, I have been lurking for a few weeks now, and wanted to introduce myself.
My name is Chris and I live in a small East Texas town just outside of Tyler. I am stepping back into the aquarium hobby after being away for 7-8 years. It's really amazing to see what all has changed since my last tanks. In the past I kept planted terrariums, a simple saltwater tank, and several freshwater tanks. All the freshwater tanks eventually became planted with simple plants such as dwarf sag, swords, anubias etc.
I have been reading several forums, but I think I enjoy APC the best. There seems to be lots of good information and the atmosphere is friendly. In addition, I have been very impressed with the knowledge floating around the DFWAPC. I am looking forward to learning much more, and making some friends.
Now on to my new setup. At this point I am sticking with what has worked for me in the past. Then I will continue to research, and branch out into some different setups. Here is what I have in mind for the first setup. However, I have some concerns about my water parameters. When I was keeping aquariums in the past I lived in Dallas. However, now I am in the country and have well water with the following parameters:
PH 7.6 per liquid drops and test Mardel test strips
KH 53.7ppm according to API liquid drops test kit
KH/ GH per Mardel and Hagen test strips 75ppm
I was wanting to keep small Tetras in this planted tank. With the above water parameters would I be better of getting RO water? I'm not sure how much the PH will drop with CO2 additions.
Here is my general setup:
20 gallon long
36 watts T5 lighting 6700K
Flourite substrate with root tabs
Flourish Excel for CO2
EI dosing to start
150 watt heater
Single species of schooling tetras for the fauna
Start with easy low light plants: dwarf sag (planted heavy), and a single Anubias Nana in the foreground
Crypt Tropic for the mid-ground, and maybe Java Fern
Pennywort, and Wisteria for the background planted heavily
At this point I am not so much looking for a prime and proper "aquascape" I just want to see plant growth.
Any thoughts on the use of RO water?