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So, I sprung 50 dollars US to get this Red Sea master freshwater test kit. I guess my question is, does anything seem out of whack? I searched "ideal parameters" and couldn't find exactly what I was looking for. Here are the details.

pH: =< 6.2
CO2: 22 ppm
KH: 3.0
GH: 10-11 (I lost count of my drops)
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Ammonia: 0 ppm

I have a pretty heavily planted 20H. Maybe I'll post a picture later tonight or tomorrow. I fertilize on a daily basis as per the SeaChem dosing chart; 2mL Excel, 2mL Iron, 1mL each N,P,K, 0.5mL Flourish, no trace however.

Eheim 2213, Pressurized CO2, 96w T-5, Photoperiod 8 hours, 100w heater

Flora: (only because I like listing them)
Didiplis Diandra
HC
HM
HU
L. paulustris
L. arcuata
B. japonica (is a purple coloration normal, and I see tens of those 'matches' on just two stems)
Cyperus Helferi

Fauna:
Otocinclus
Ghost Shrimp
Ember Tetra
 

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Here is a picture, this tank has only been up since the beginning of July. This selection of plants have been in there for maybe six weeks.

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I really had no objective in mind, nor did I expect it to grow out the way it has. I'm just letting it be itself, trimming every two weeks or so.

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Thanks for any help with the original question, or any suggestions you may have.
 

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Nothing looks out of whack to me. Is there something you find unsettling about your tank? Planted tanks will have very different parameters from the basic "fish tank." There is no exacting set of parameters that must be maintained, as they will vary slightly from tank to tank.
 

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pH: =< 6.2
CO2: 22 ppm
KH: 3.0


Yes your co2 is no way at 22ppm if your ph is 6.2 and kh is 3.0
your CO2: would be at 45.107ppm which is very deadly for fish to leave in...
Did you add something to change your ph and kh?
If that data is correct that you just gave your co2 its sky high.


I say lower your co2 down just a notoch and you should have it at 30ppm
 

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pH: =< 6.2
CO2: 22 ppm
KH: 3.0

Yes your co2 is no way at 22ppm if your ph is 6.2 and kh is 3.0
your CO2: would be at 45.107ppm which is very deadly for fish to leave in...
Did you add something to change your ph and kh?
If that data is correct that you just gave your co2 its sky high.

I say lower your co2 down just a notoch and you should have it at 30ppm
The old ph/kh chart is very inaccureate so most no longer use it. There are just too many things that throw this chart off.
 

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If your tank is doing find and your fish are not gasping for air at the surface.... you must be doing something right.... don't change a thing

Later!
 

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its not acc but it gives you something to go by. Btw i dont see any fish in your picture do you have any yet in the tank?
But the only way to have a 6.2 ph is one do R/O which i doubt thats what he did.
2. Change ph with chemical which i dont think thats it.
and last using co2. I think the C02 is the only thing he use to get it that low. Beside 6.2 ph is never any good for the fish
 

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Thanks. I dropped the bpm about a 1/4. I stare at this thing for at least an hour each day and have never noticed a tetra [2 in the tank] or oto [9-10 in the tank] gasping or what have you (is there a term for cories/otos when they rush to the surface and hold a pocket of air). Plant4life is right, no RO and no pH decreasing element. But, I'm not sure about it being that harmful to fish, at least with hardier species, some can tolerate much lower pH levels. Thanks for looking everyone, I just got worried since I've never tested anymore than pH before.
 
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