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  1. I change water every 14 days, about 25%. My nitrates are almost nil, even after 14 days. I suppose it's because my plants are absorbing them. (Tank is heavily planted).
  2. Hi, all. The tank is not quite 3 months old. I regularly add minerals and fertilizer (including root tabs). I also add calcium. The tank is heavily planted. I've got wood, almond leaves, and CO2, all of which I know drop pH. The substrate is fertilized gravel. Any other data I can provide that will explain better?
  3. The pH in my 60 gallon tank keeps dropping. It will stay at about 7.2-7.4 for a while and then, when I check again a few days later, it will have dropped to about 6.0! I add baking soda to get the pH back up and it works for a week or so and then the same thing happens again. Anyone seen this? And how can I stabilize my pH?
  4. I've recently introduced CO2 and I've been adding a lot (too many?) minerals to the water. My filter seems to be functioning. But my water is full of these white particles. Or maybe the y 're bubbles? Any help is appreciated. Obligatory photo: A brave neocaridinia faces off with Old Turtle Man, the betta.
  5. Thanks for the excellent tip, Mitch!
  6. I find it difficult to place the root tabs. They float to the surface immediately if you lose your grip on them.
  7. I guess the substrate wasn't deep enough in my case, then.
  8. Hi, all. I put easy root tabs in my tank yesterday. I noticed that some of them came up through the substrate and ruptured. I don't think this is intended functionality. Is it? Anyone have a good technique that will prevent this from happening? Thanks, Dade
  9. Hi, everyone. My name is Dade (rhymes with lemonade) and I live in Portland, Oregon. I've been a fish-keeper off and on since I was about 8 or 9 years old, but I am by no means an expert. I'm here to learn and to share stories. Right now, I've got 2 tanks: Dragon tank It's a 5.5 gallon tank, planted, low-light, with a betta named Zeus and a mystery snail. https://www.dropbox.com/s/4axpr7odxjuisaf/2021-03-12%2015.14.06.jpg?dl=0 Big Tree tank 60 gallon high, planted, moderate light, with a betta named Old Turtle Man. His tank mates are various tetras, platys, sterba corys, and a bristlenose pleco named The Keeper. Cannister filter. https://www.dropbox.com/s/0as8lr5wwxfekgy/2021-03-13%2016.28.58.jpg?dl=0 Both bettas are confirmed shrimp killers, I'm afraid. Anyway, I found out about Aquarium Co-op from YouTube and it seems like a good community. Sincerely, Dade Cariaga
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