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Old 01-11-2017, 08:42 AM   #481
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Erk, back at work.

I think I will have to start again with it. Will let it get a bit better if I can. The plants have been looking off for several weeks, maybe going away and having less ferts dosing and the CO2 bottle running low was the final straw. I find it loves high light and high potassium dosing but is probably the fussiest plant in the tank. Back to a steady program of light, ferts and CO2.

I'll test nitrates at end of week and see what it says. Generally I know API test kits aren't great but I've always found the answer made sense. Tap water of 0 and tank around 40 to 80 with no plants. I looked back and had been running around 20ppm nitrates planted, then recently in the last few months it dropped down to 5ppm to 10ppm. It is possible the reading is false, will see if nitrates lift with dosing.
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Old 01-11-2017, 08:49 AM   #482
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They may well be accurate. I dunno. Just going off what I have read really. In my experience basing my daily aquarium practices around test kit readings has led me to nothing but anguish.
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:39 AM   #483
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They may well be accurate. I dunno. Just going off what I have read really. In my experience basing my daily aquarium practices around test kit readings has led me to nothing but anguish.

I agree I think on accuracy - I suspect they are very bad. The kh test kit for the pool has 3 dropper bottles. The one for the tank is one dropper bottle (haven't got around to comparing both tests really yet).

I just find the relative change is consistent. I do a canister filter clean and nitrates drop, remove a few buckets of plants and it lifts or holds steady.

But I've heard bad stories of new and old test kits not comparing even when old bottle not expired So it's a good point, if I'm not seeing any change in nitrates this week I'll be careful not to just keep increasing dose. I guess I should make or buy a type solution I guess.
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Old 01-13-2017, 06:22 PM   #484
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Tank is pretty much unchanged with new lights. A little bit maybe of extra GSA at depth. No new shoots on hygro. Still got flowers popping up (where does this plant get the energy!). Hope to get some readings later.

New filter working well and CO2 bottle working fine. Water change, internal filter clean and change drop checker solution hopefully today.

Val is spreading out by stealth with shoots from substrate runners every few inches so will have to start trimming that back sometime.

I put some plants too close to the intakes for the CO2 diffusers so have to trim them. The leaves are plastered to the diffuser intake but it's still going strong.
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I am pleasantly surprised for you that the strong lighting hasn't caused more problems!!!
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Somewhat surprised myself.

Got fed up with driftwood shifting and trying an underwater glue (except tank mostly empty so in air). So far almost stuck my fingers to tank. It seems to set really slow to everything except my fingers.
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Filled tank back up. The glue has dried white and more visible than I was expecting so hoping it gets a little algae or something to tone it down.

Next time I'll have more than one packet as could of done a little more while the water level was so low (only had a couple of inches of water in tank).

All fish looked ok this morning. Hoping the plants don't get too upset with me and drop leaves. Usually I find they don't like being out of water for too long and this was a lot of buckets but fingers crossed.
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Ah, thought you were going to say fingers stuck together...

Maybe a little sand paper on the parts that are white?
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Thanks, I'll try that if it doesn't tone down a bit. Lol, probably lucky I didn't do that. Each week I think a simple clean with a little project - not sure I could handle another tank
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