05-08-2005, 07:32 AM
Join Date: Nov 2004
I have a 58 gal tank. first time I have tried plants. here are the parameters;
nitrate[hagen test kit] very pale color, chart says 5mg/l
phosphate is nuts, but I tried using a discus buffer/nuetral regulator that is phosphate based.I won't do that again. Anyway, hagen kit, dark blue, chart says 5 mg/l.
PH- 6.4 [I keep trying to raise it, but the driftwood sucks it down], these 3 are aquarium pharmacuetical kits
light- I just bought a dual compact flourescent Coralife freshwater light, 130 watts, I use a timer to run 1 light 12hrs and the second one is on for about 7 per day.
plants are sometype of cabomba, that grows fine, anubia coffeeola, and another big anubia[I really don't know subspecies], and some corkscrew vallisneria, and java fern. the anubias, and fern are just holding their own-no growth, vallisneria is not growing, java fern not growing but has bright green plantlets forming.
Now, do my plants and water match, what changes do I need to make? I use seachem nitrogen[2ml per day] and potassium[4ml per day].
I'm curious about CO2, but I had a problem with my air pump for 1 day and 2 fish died. How can I measure CO2?
Thanks for your help.