Originally Posted by flowerslegacy
Hi redchigh - Yes, I've tested my tap on all three parameters. Nitrates 0, Nitrites 0 but ammonia is .50ppm. Odd because when I check the local water district parameters they list ammonia as 0. I'm sure another element is causing the API test to show .50ppm.
Byron - I just got done checking my GH and KH and here it is:
KH - it turned yellow at 3 drops which indicates 53.7ppm. 4 drops was obviously brighter yellow, which would be 71.6ppm.
GH - it turned green at 8 drops which indicates 143.2ppm. 9 drops was greener which would be 161.1ppm
I'm not the expert on the proper color schemes, that's why I listed all the drop tests to let you decipher the right numbers. I got the ppm's from the conversion chart that came with the test kit. I have a really nice LFS for plants so I'll get some swords and a few of the the other ones you mentioned above. Would you be so kind as to indicate how many total plants would be good to start with in my 25 gal?
We can call that soft to slightly hard water. No issues with the plants mentioned, and probably the Vallisneria if you like it would be OK too. Mine is struggling, but I have very soft water. The best of the Valls for a smaller (25g) tank is Corkscrew Vallisneria. You will probably buy this in a small bunch or perhaps a pot, which will have several plants in it, so one bunch/pot is sufficient. Separate them and plant them maybe 1.5 to 2 inches apart (if you get this plant). It looks nice in a stand, and it will spread everywhere.
One E. bleherae will suffice. One or two pygmy chain swords, it will reproduce via runners after a couple months or less. Floating plants: water Sprite if you can find it, one or two. Brazilian Pennywort, just a bunch, can be planted or floating.
Not much to say on the ammonia, except that other members have found the colour with the API test difficult to distinguish so lets not worry. Live plants will easily handle this anyway.