03-30-2012, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Fishoutofwater
they were on for only 4 hours a day. I bought some Acurel F today for a last resort. Do LFS carry phosphate tests to test tap/fish tank water? If my tap water is high in phosphates what would you recommend? Phos-x? or another media? Would 2 more live plants help at all? I almost bought two today but figured I'd ask the master first ;-D
The more plants the better, no matter what the problem. In this case, floating plants will be most helpful. First, the cloudy water is so bad it will block light from lower plants, so getting floating plants solves this problem. Second, the floating plants can assimilate CO2 from the air, which speeds up their carbon intake (critical). Third, they assimilate a lot of other nutrients fast fro the water, while releasing oxygen via the roots. Water Sprite is perfect, Water Lettuce, or some stem plants left floating like Hornwort, Cabomba, Wisteria.
On the phosphate, before wasting money on a test kit you may never use again, see if you can find the water data from the water supply people. Many now have a website with data posted, and phosphates may be included. Aside from any in the tap water, phosphates are introduced via fish food, so minimal feeding will deal with this aspect. Was nitrate tested? And ammonia?
Last edited by Byron; 03-30-2012 at 11:08 AM..