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post #1 of 5 Old 09-10-2012, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Question Adding seachem equilibrium, to tank. Should I add a Kh booster also?

I recently started adding seachem equlilbrium to my tank along with doing 50% water changes. I started this after finding out that my tap water is mixed with RO causing it to lack the needed minerals for healthy plant growth. I Haven't seen any real big improvements in my plants, but they're growing slowly but surely. It seems to my that they're just not growing as fast can they should. I know a planted tank takes time, but It just seems like plants haven't even grown that much since I bought them two weeks ago. Other people buy plants and they're close to twice the size they were weeks ago. The tank isn't new this just have been a very long process full of setbacks. I add flourish comp twice a week, add flourish root tabs, do 50% water changes, and run two T8 6500k bulbs for 8hrs. So What am I doing Wrong? I'm growing very easy to moderate plants in a Higher end of moderate lighting tank.

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I recently started adding seachem equlilbrium to my tank along with doing 50% water changes. I started this after finding out that my tap water is mixed with RO causing it to lack the needed minerals for healthy plant growth. I Haven't seen any real big improvements in my plants, but they're growing slowly but surely. It seems to my that they're just not growing as fast can they should. I know a planted tank takes time, but It just seems like plants haven't even grown that much since I bought them two weeks ago. Other people buy plants and they're close to twice the size they were weeks ago. The tank isn't new this just have been a very long process full of setbacks. I add flourish comp twice a week, add flourish root tabs, do 50% water changes, and run two T8 6500k bulbs for 8hrs. So What am I doing Wrong? I'm growing very easy to moderate plants in a Higher end of moderate lighting tank.
Most or many of the plant's we buy can take two week's or longer to adjust from emmersed growth to submerged growth depending on where you got them from.(would not expect a lot right away)
I measure the growth in my planted tank in month's, as opposed to those who use CO2 injection who measure growth in day's.
Sound's to me like you are doing the right thing's, but perhap's need a little more patience.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.

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I agree. I seldom see this fast a response, depending upon the plant species.

But on the GH, do you know the number for your tap water? You may or may not need Equilibrium. More on this when i know the GH.

As for KH, this will have no effect on plants or fish. You don't mention the pH, but if it is reasonably stable then KH is irrelevant. I have zero KH in my 7 tanks. The biology of the tank, plus the minerals I add via fertilizers and Equilibrium, keep the pH fairly stable and it suits the fish species.


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I agree. I seldom see this fast a response, depending upon the plant species.

But on the GH, do you know the number for your tap water? You may or may not need Equilibrium. More on this when i know the GH.

As for KH, this will have no effect on plants or fish. You don't mention the pH, but if it is reasonably stable then KH is irrelevant. I have zero KH in my 7 tanks. The biology of the tank, plus the minerals I add via fertilizers and Equilibrium, keep the pH fairly stable and it suits the fish species.


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I did tell you the gh on another thread and you suggested Equilibrium to raise it. I don't remember the number although.

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I did tell you the gh on another thread and you suggested Equilibrium to raise it. I don't remember the number although.
OK. So back to the original issue, the plants are probably fine. I don't see anything amiss, and as i mentioned the KH has n o effect on plant growth.

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