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post #11 of 41 Old 01-11-2009, 10:38 PM
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Is this why my tank has this low ph and struggles to come up? Because of the softer store bought spring water i have been using in my tank. If so , when i use my well water, the ph in the tank rises for a couple hours then drops because of the tanks buffering capacity which i thought would be bad for the fish. What do you suggest? Mayb add corals to bring it up to about 7.0- 7.2 and then do a water change?

I'd suggest using tapwater again, drop hornworts to consume the nitrates and let the corals remain there just to help stabilize the pH.

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Hornworts are your best bet. They do not taste well so most fish ignore them completely.
That doesnt seem to match what i was asking. Was that a mistake, if not could you explain what you mean.
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I'd suggest using tapwater again, drop hornworts to consume the nitrates and let the corals remain there just to help stabilize the pH.
scratch the last thing i said what are hornworts and where do you get them.
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scratch the last thing i said what are hornworts and where do you get them.
Hornworts (Ceratophyllum demersum) are floating plants that are undemanding. They have brittle stems and do not grow roots when planted so they are best left floating.

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Do you think parrots or plecos would eat and tear apart this plant? Most fish store in my area have poor water condition and i wouldnt trust buying anything from them. The small family owned business i have been going to, they have healthy fish but not so many plants. So i would not know where to get these plants also.
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Your fish will not eat them. Maybe try Aquabid for these plants but they're often given away rather than sold.

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well thank you for your help. I am going to try to fix this over the next few weeks . I thought about making/or buying a refugium for my tank to get rid of nitrates before because i thought the fish would eat them. Also, do certain plants absorb nitrates better then others and are the hornworts good at doing this? How many should i use?
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I went onto aquabid. Do fish eat at water sprite?
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well thank you for your help. I am going to try to fix this over the next few weeks . I thought about making/or buying a refugium for my tank to get rid of nitrates before because i thought the fish would eat them. Also, do certain plants absorb nitrates better then others and are the hornworts good at doing this? How many should i use?
It's usually the fast growing plants such as duckweeds that can consume nitrates better than slow growing ones. Start with a bundle. Your hornworts will grow in no time at all.

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I went onto aquabid. Do fish eat at water sprite?
Your blood parrots may slightly damaged it but feed them veggies to distract them. Your plecos will not.

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I purchased hornworts today. Do I have to worry about special lighting? Do I need to add anything to my water and what do i have to watch out for as far as danger signs of the plant not thriving?
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