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Old 05-14-2012, 07:37 PM   #131
 
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Basically no, because it is difficult to manage. Iron is a heavy metal and highly toxic to all life forms. There is iron in all liquid fertilizers (like Flourish Comp which I assume you are using) and this is sufficient and safe because it is balanced with the other nutrients.

Red plants need more light than green because they appear red due to reflecting red light, just as green plants appear green because they are reflecting mainly green light. Red plants thus require a bit more intense light, or more red spectrum light.

Increasing trace minerals might help, and be less risky, as here again things are balanced. Increasing some nutrients can cause deficiencies of other nutrients in various ways, sometimes deliberately by the plants. A root tab by the sword would probably help.

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Ok, Thanks. I'll put a root tab by the sword. Yes, I am using Flourish Comp, what trace minerals can I increase?
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:47 PM   #132
 
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Ok, Thanks. I'll put a root tab by the sword. Yes, I am using Flourish Comp, what trace minerals can I increase?
Flourish Trace is just trace minerals. But I have never used it because trace minerals are just what the name implies--trace or minimal. Flourish Trace would be more applicable if you were not dosing the Comprehensive and using other sources for macro-nutrients. Comprehensive is intended to provide everything--which it does, except carbon, oxygen and hydrogen--in balance for most basic tanks with medium hard water. Getting bright red colouration in natural tanks is difficult because we use less light which is the main block, and with less light you need less nutrients or you risk trouble. Many sources suggest iron as the culprit for some types of algae for instance.
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:02 PM   #133
 
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Flourish Trace is just trace minerals. But I have never used it because trace minerals are just what the name implies--trace or minimal. Flourish Trace would be more applicable if you were not dosing the Comprehensive and using other sources for macro-nutrients. Comprehensive is intended to provide everything--which it does, except carbon, oxygen and hydrogen--in balance for most basic tanks with medium hard water. Getting bright red colouration in natural tanks is difficult because we use less light which is the main block, and with less light you need less nutrients or you risk trouble. Many sources suggest iron as the culprit for some types of algae for instance.
Ok thanks, I'll stay away. Also later this week I'll going to get some fish, only a few. The problem is I'm a bit worried about my water. I plan to get it tested, but the plants look good. My crypts melts, but bounced back along with my tiger lotus. I wanted to get rummy nose tetras, but theyre soo sensetative I scaried to get them. Should I wait? and get hardier fish?
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:08 PM   #134
 
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Ok thanks, I'll stay away. Also later this week I'll going to get some fish, only a few. The problem is I'm a bit worried about my water. I plan to get it tested, but the plants look good. My crypts melts, but bounced back along with my tiger lotus. I wanted to get rummy nose tetras, but theyre soo sensetative I scaried to get them. Should I wait? and get hardier fish?
What are the parameters of your tap water? I went back a few pages in this lengthy thread but couldn't see these.
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:31 PM   #135
 
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What are the parameters of your tap water? I went back a few pages in this lengthy thread but couldn't see these.
I don't know the exact numbers, but my waters on the soft side. I want to buy a test kit, bit the soo costly! Can this help? Utilities Department - Water I didn't see anything, but maybe you will.
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:38 PM   #136
 
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I don't know the exact numbers, but my waters on the soft side. I want to buy a test kit, bit the soo costly! Can this help? Utilities Department - Water I didn't see anything, but maybe you will.
Took a while to download the report, but there is no mention of GH or KH. But I did see that they treat the water with RO (reverse osmosis) to remove minerals, so we can assume it is soft.

What is the pH in your tank?
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:42 PM   #137
 
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Took a while to download the report, but there is no mention of GH or KH. But I did see that they treat the water with RO (reverse osmosis) to remove minerals, so we can assume it is soft.

What is the pH in your tank?
At last check 7.0, it could be lower.
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:51 PM   #138
 
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At last check 7.0, it could be lower.
OK, it will likely fall as the tank matures, so that's good. Back to your question on rummys, they should be fine. Soft water fish. Best if they can be added to an established rather than a new tank. So decidee on the fish, start with less sensitive species, add the rummys after.
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:49 PM   #139
 
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:55 PM   #140
 
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If you go back and look at my other pics, you can see just how much they're grown! Also sorry about the cloudiness, I was messing around in the tank.
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