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Ok here's the plants i ordered... ?
Old 02-21-2010, 01:57 PM   #11
 
Exclamation UPDATE 30g planted

Ok so here's where I'm at.

1. Got confirmation from Sweet Aquatics all my plants (listed in first post) will be shipping probably on Tues 2/23.

2. The remainder of my hardware I ordered from DR Foster will be here Tues 2/23.
COMING FROM DR FOSTER IS.... Prime 100ml, Purigen 100ml w/bag, Stealth 150w heater, CaribSea Instant Aquarium Freshwater Substrates 40 lbs peace river 1.0mm-2.0mm.

OK NOW SOME QUESTIONS...

1. The bulb i have for my hood is a 24" t8, 950 lumen, 18w, 15000h... It's a GE Aqua Rays Fresh and Salt Aqua... Is this ok?

2. Here is my tap water parameters...Any thoughts?

API MASTER TEST KIT
(i could be messin this up)

A. PH tesed so dark blue...that i used the hi range ph test and it tested 8.4... is this possible?

b. ammonia... 1.0

c. Nitrite.... 0

d. nitrate...0

retested ph on high range test and again 8.4

The filter im using is an Aqua clear 50... I know hob not recomed for planted tank but that's what I have right now. Media set up will aqua clear sponge, purigen, topped off with filter floss.

How am I looking...and how is my tap water looking? PH goin to be a problem?

Thanks for any and all help!!!
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Old 02-21-2010, 02:37 PM   #12
 
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Thanks for the PM.

If your tap water is pH 8.4 you will have to live with it. Fish that will manage fine would be rift lake cichlids and livebearers. I'm assuming your hardness will match, although that is not a given. If by chance the hardness is low, i.e. soft water, it will be easy over time to lower the pH.

Most aquarium plants can adapt to harder water, a few won't. From your plant list in post #1 I would only wonder about the crypts and the sword. If the latter is Echinodorus bleheri (the most common sword) fine, it can adapt. Some crypts species also adapt well to hard water. The Vallisneria will be in heaven, it loves hard water because it assimilates carbon from carbonates better than most plants.

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Old 02-21-2010, 02:53 PM   #13
 
thanks

thanks Byron... I'm going to take my water to my local FS and just make sure my readings are correct.

Should I get a hardness test kit the API master didn't come with one

Also how's the bulb I have?
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Old 02-21-2010, 03:08 PM   #14
 
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thanks Byron... I'm going to take my water to my local FS and just make sure my readings are correct.

Should I get a hardness test kit the API master didn't come with one

Also how's the bulb I have?
Ask the store to test the hardness, both GH and KH, and give you the actual numbers; "hard" or "it's fine" means very little without the specific number for GH and KH. I wouldn't waste money on a test klit, they are expensive and once you know your tap water probably won't have much need for it, and if you should you can always get one later. First thing is to know the hardness numbers.

Sorry, I forgot the tube last time. I have my doubts. The "saltwater" one is probably more blue than you want. Is there a kelvin number on it anywhere, it will be a 4 or 5 digit number with a "K", example 6500K. You may be better getting a new tube; daylight or enhanced daylight tubes with kelvin around 6500K work best for good plant growth and natural colours.
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Old 02-21-2010, 03:15 PM   #15
 
light

I think it's 9325K
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Old 02-21-2010, 04:53 PM   #16
 
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I'd get a KH liquid test (I think they're $4-5) and test it. And then make a decision for the fish based of the combo of your KH & pH.
Pers I'd not go down the livebeares Rd; you could also have fish like Boeseman's Rainbow's, Zebra Danios Bronze Cory.....Its not like that pH would limit you down to nothing.

For the plants I don't see no problem neither.
Honestly never heard of that bulb before. If it has some 9,000K as you say its higher end but will do. With 24" its pretty common size so I'd not even worry cause you can go to any home store and pick up a T8 Daylight by GE any day of the week and exchange that (that would then be 6500K and something like 800 lumens).
I had used higher Kelvin bulbs back in the day and that was with the hard water and all went well (Just look at the aquarium log "55g Boeseman's Tank lol).

Now its all a matter of putting all orders and the tank together; post pictures enjoy and then start stocking when its ready
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Old 02-22-2010, 09:11 AM   #17
 
Wink New ph reading

Ok so after reading some other start up post I saw that I should let my tap water sit out in a glass over night so that's what I did. When I got up this morning I re-tested... whoot!!!! 7.4. When I first tested I tested straight out of the tap. Hopefully this will be my final ph but I'm going to let the water sit out longer and see if it changes.


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