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  1. When purchasing plants how do you know whether to use root tabs or liquid for them?
  2. I have a 50 gallon freshwater aquarium that has been established for 15 years and recently decided to move from the plastic plants to live plants. I bought several Java and Anubias from the Aquarium Coop along with a bottle of the Easy Green. The plants have been in the aquarium for 6-8 weeks and the plants appear to be doing pretty well. The fish seem to really enjoy swimming through the live plants especially the Java Ferns. The Java Fern Windelov has started to show signs of hair algae on the ends of the plants. The fish have been nibbling at it and I cut back the length of the lights from 14 hours to around 10 hours and that seems to be keeping it at bay. It has not shown up on the other plants either. I checked for nitrates and they were running between 25 and 50 with 0 Nitrites. I use a Fluval filter with biological treatment and filtration and have not lost a fish in over a year. What should the nitrates be running when I am also adding 5 pumps of Easy Green per week for my 50 gallon aquarium? Should I add less Easy Green to reduce the nitrates? Appreciate any advice for this newby.
  3. I'm trying my hand at a full planted tank. I use flourish tabs and Easy-green twice a week with a Fluval 3.0 on the preset planted lighting. I've been reading about wanting to keep 20ppm of nitrates but after three doses of easy-green i still only have 5ppm. I only do 30% water changes weekly to keep my Ph stable for German blues. Am i doing something wrong or do i just need to keep dosing twice a week for longer?
  4. Sorry for the second post in a day... this all thing is new to me. So this weekend It went to a very nice fish store here in NYC and they helped me set up my first tank (no fish yet) a lot of things and information went on at the store ( I was very impressed by the knowledge form the little I know) but I forgot to ask what plants they gave me 🙂 I emailed the store but I guess that I will get quicker response here ... so trying out my luck . here are some pictures 🙂 Thanks!!
  5. I understand that aloe vera, copper and glutaraldehyde which are toxic to amphibians. IF used in moderation and only if or when nitrate levels are low, is there a safe liquid fertilizer for amphibians such as African Dwarf Frogs?
  6. Hi folks, I’m doing a bit of learning about fertilizer methods, and want to get a better handle on what I’m currently doing. I’m dosing Easygreen into my oto breeder tank, and I want to figure out exactly how much. Apologies in advance for mixed units, and I'm not even pretending to remember significant digits from school. In a nutshell, I want to know how many pumps of Easygreen it would take to achieve a nitrate level of 20ppm in a 30 gallon tank. Low end of recommended dose, and a means of calibrating my brain. 20ppm means that out of every theoretical 1,000,000 parts in a volume, 20 of those parts would be nitrate. So if 30 gallons of water weighs 113562.3g as mass (1 US gallon of water = 3,785.41 grams ), I want 2.271246g of that to be nitrate (113562.3*20/1,000,000). The label says Easygreen is 2.66% nitrogen. That's not nitrate, so we need to do an extra calc. The atomic mass of nitrogen and oxygen are 14.01 and 16 respectively, so nitrate is 22.59% nitrogen by mass (14.01/(14.01+3*16)*100). Getting back to our 2.271246g of theoretical nitrate above, that means we need to add 0.51307g of nitrogen specifically (2.271246*0.2259). So in a nutshell, how many pumps of Easygreen add 0.51307g of nitrogen? 2.66% by weight would be 0.0266 g/mL assuming Easygreen is roughly the same weight as water (1g/ml). So if 1 pump is 1 mL, and 1 mL contains 0.0266g of nitrogen, does that make 0.51307g total nitrogen/0.0266g nitrogen per pump or 19.3 pumps in 30 gallons make 20ppm from scratch? That seems high, so I think my math is wrong somewhere, but I can't see where. The rotalabutterfly calc site says 3.7g of KNO3 in 30 gals yields 20ppm, as a check. The molecular weight of KNO3 is about 101 vs 62 for nitrate, which checks well against my value since 3.7*62\101 is 2.27, which I calculated above. I’m just not sure on the pumps of liquid fert. Thanks in advance for anyone’s time!
  7. I think it would be fun to start 3 similar aquariums at the same time, but try 3 different strategies for the substrate and fertilizer. First a Walstad type dirted substrate - in this case dirt from my yard Second, CaribSea's Eco-Complete And third, a 'normal' tank with CaribSea's Peace Rive substrate supplemented with Aquarium Co-Op's Easy Root Tabs and Easy Green liquid fertilizer. For this experiment (okay, this is definitely not an experiment as I do not have a hypothesis, any controls, or replicants) I will use three 40 gallon breeder aquariums that will likely have sponge filters, heaters, and Finnex lights. It should take me about a week or two to gather all the resources for this experiment (again, definitely not an experiment as my N on each tank will be 1, but my fun quotient ought to be greater than 1 because this will also be an attempt to setup 3 aquariums that are some more than green water fry tanks or mulm factories).
  8. I'm converting my tank to a high tech planted. I bought a Fluval 3.0 and CO² system. I didn't want to switch my substrate, so I purchased many Easy Green root tabs for my sand. I also purchased plants that can do well in sand. My question, will the recommended tab replacement time frame still apply, or will I need to replace them sooner? Also, will I need to invest in other fertilizers? I use all Easy Green products and supplement with Seachem Flourish. I don't have Easy Iron though, should I grab it? Thank you.
  9. Is there a difference in the pump heads on the Easy Green/ the Easy Iron bottles, do they measure the same?
  10. Hello my name is Bladimir, I have a new 40 Gallon tank that is currently on a fish-less cycle (3rd day) I have some live plants, gravel, and smaller lightweight gravel where my plants are planted, I also have some wood that I’ve sterilized. I am looking for some nutrient for my plants to thrive. plant food that I could get for my plants so they can grow and saw your product easy green fertilizer. My question is will easy green fertilizer disrupt or cancel out my fish less cycles?
  11. I know easy green is safe for shrimp amd snails, but is it safe to use in a tank with african dwarf frogs?
  12. So I been ordering plants from co op for awhile have had some success and some not. Sure I don’t have best lights but decent and I try to look at the specs of which plants I get. At any rate just ordered some easey green along with another plant my question is how soon do you start seeing results what kind of growth can I expect etc hoping I done a good thing getting this
  13. So I accidentally left my bottle of easy green in my garage over night and it seems to have frozen, it was about 27°F out and since bringing it into the house at room temperature it still sounds like a slushy when I pick it up. What do I do? Shake it profusely? Or just order more from the coop because I'll need it eventually anyway? Thanks!
  14. 😊 I have been using Easy Green for two years now, great product. I store my dispenser bottle in the refrigerator. It formed crystals in the bottom of the bottle . Is it still good to use for my planted tank. Thanks Fishy people Al M
  15. Hi. Now that my tank is cycled a few times and readings have been stable for more than 2 months, I wanted to establish a routine with maintenance. I am trying the empirical method using API MASTER TEST KIT. I feed my fish alternate days. Its a 30G with 2 HG, 4 Cory, 3 Ottos with Hob filter and an airstone. I have 1 Compacta Amazon, 1 Frazeri Anubias, 1 Anubias Congensis, 1 water sprite, Around quarter surface full Frogbit. Roughly here is my findings so far. 1. I change water once a week on Saturday upto 30-40%. 2. Saturday- Day of water change- Ph-7.2 A- 0 Ni- 0 Na-5ppm 3. Add Aquarium Co-op Easy Green fert Tuesday- 2 pumps only 4. Wednesday - Ph-7.2 A-0.25-0.5 Ni- 0.25-0.5 Na- 5-10ppm. I cannot explain any other change in water apart from addition of fert. Is this normal? Do ferts cause high Am and Ni? Or did I just happen to catch my tank in middle of cycle? My fish are active and normal as far as i can tell.
  16. Got a 30 gallon tank about 5 months ago. First 2 months it was algae free and great water parameters. Then I decided to get easy green and after a few weeks of dosing my tank is covered in green hair algae and when I stopped it's now growing black beard algae. I don't care about it too much but the algae has completely covered my plants! I can't take them out cause there deeply rooted. Idk what to do or how to get the algae off my plants. Everyone loves to use easy green but when I use it algae outbreak very fast and even though I've stopped for months I'm still dealing with it. My water parameters are good. Always under 40 ppm of nitrates. How do I determine the problem? Lights are on for 9 hours per day
  17. Greetings I lost a baby mexicain dwarf crayfish today (😭😭😭) and I am trying to figure out what may have caused it. I forgot to make sure - is easy green safe for dwarf crayfish? I assumed it was as it’s shrimps safe. Not saying it’s what killed it btw, just trying to eliminate causes. Thank you!
  18. I've heard Corey say we should keep 20ppm of nitrates in our water that comes from Easy Green. How do we determine what part of our nitrates are from Easy Green vs food and fish poop? For example, my nitrates are currently about 30ppm and I dosed Easy Green a week ago, but I don't see how would I know if 20 of the 30 are from Easy Green, or is 20 of the 30 from food and fish poop or is all 30 from Easy Green because my fish are shy and won't poop in public 🤣. Just wondering how to determine how much Easy Green to add. I have mostly root feeding plants, (Sword, Crypts, Vallisneria) with a few moss balls.
  19. My 50 gal tank has been set-up for about 3 months. I have been using easy green for about two months. My plants appear to be dying a slow death (leaves turning yellow with holes and even my moss is dying). My nitrates have always been zero. I dose easy green according to the instructions and have even added a little extra. My question: Can I increase the dosage until I hit 20-30 ppm nitrate? I need to try something before all the plants die. I had to remove the remains of a java fern that turned black and disintegrated. I have zero algae. Thanks...
  20. Do you dose new plants with easy green and roots tabs as soon as you plant them or wait a week or so? Thanks for any help
  21. Your video says for low light. Is this not good for full lighted plants or do you need to add more than once a week
  22. /drumrolls Aquarium Co-op Easy Green! To all of you unimpressed Américain, just know that for a Canadian, this is a very precious item. It’s just such a bummer to buy it and know there is no chance for a stickers. 😭 Karen
  23. I have RO water I was wondering if I could use easy green to put the minerals back into the water using easy green?
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