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Old 02-03-2015, 12:47 PM   #1
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Brand new here, seeking help and advice on a small planted tank with issues.

Just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. My fish endeavor started (like many i'm sure) when my kids went to a small local fair and came home with 3 goldfish...sigh.

My kids have since lost interest in fish keeping after watching many fish die while I educated myself on the matter and pet store employees misinformed me about...well...everything.

But here I am, and I hope to be able to figure out why my fairly heavily planted 10 gallon tank quit thriving and I started getting small ammonia readings and nitrate spikes. I will read around the forums and hopefully post about my problems in the right subforum.

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Old 02-03-2015, 01:00 PM   #2
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Have you been using root tabs? What type of plants do you have?(just curious)
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Hi, I use osmocote plus diy caps, seachem flourish. I also use seachem flourish excel for carbon.

I have no idea what plants I have to be honest. I know there are two sword plants, hornwort, couple banana plants, java fern and a couple others that I don't know.
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Old 02-03-2015, 08:18 PM   #4
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Hi, I use osmocote plus diy caps, seachem flourish. I also use seachem flourish excel for carbon.



I have no idea what plants I have to be honest. I know there are two sword plants, hornwort, couple banana plants, java fern and a couple others that I don't know.

It's alright that you don't know the plants. Maybe it was the caps cause I heard they can cause ammonia spikes especially in a 10G. What kind of lighting do you have? I'm just curious cause I have a 10G that I wanna start planting in.
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It's alright that you don't know the plants. Maybe it was the caps cause I heard they can cause ammonia spikes especially in a 10G. What kind of lighting do you have? I'm just curious cause I have a 10G that I wanna start planting in.
I had 2 13 watt 6,500k CFL bulbs. I've since switched the hood back to a single T8 15 watt fluorescent tube.

I've read that it could cause a spike like that with ammonia, maybe I overdosed, but from my reading the nitrates shouldn't have gotten out of control the way they are.
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My advice to you is to do maybe 40-60% water changes daily until it gets under control
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My vote is on the caps. I've heard and read they can cause an ammonia spike if not planted deep enough.

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So, out of curiousity I tested the ammonia straight out of the tap and it gives the exact same reading as the tanks water.

If it is in fact .25 out of the tap, how can I expect the tank to below this level when that is the water source?
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The bacteria will break it down into nitrItes, essentially. That is why the beneficial bacteria is super important to the tank.


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For now you can do daily dose of Prime to detoxify ammonia.

Can you gradually switch to RO water and add remineralizing product ?

I use Root tabs in mine. I push them all the way to the bottom of the sand. No issues.

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Add in API LeafZone with your Flourish comprehensive to cover macros and micros.

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