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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Don Harris, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. Don Harris

    Don Harris New Member

    Aug 13, 2019
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    Hi everyone. My name is Don Harris. I have been lurking here for a really long time. I have been keeping planted tanks and fish for about 10 years. In 2014, I had 23 tanks (I was breeding angelfish). Then we moved and I got rid of everything. I had one planted tank with fish that was done in Dutch style. It was my pride and joy. Then we moved again. I set up four tanks at the home we are in now but the well water is LOADED with iron - so much so that red dust precipitates and settles on everything. After a while I gave up and sold everything. I recently set up a 20 long planted tank, with a little aquascaping and 12 ember tetras. I started with our well water and in 3 days the red dust appeared. So now I am using Walmart Primo water (the 39 cent/gal water up front). Hoping this is the answer to my red nightmare. Everything seems to be doing well.

    We have a pond out back and I pulled some Ludwigia (I assume palustris), Diodia virginiana and another tiny plant I haven't identified yet, and put them in the tank after a good washing and peroxide bath. I am using a Finnex Planted+ 24/7 HLC light and Safe-T-Sorb from Tractor Supply for substrate. I'm using DIY CO2 and have had a little algae start up. So I'm starting to look at putting a pressurized system together. I am dosing Seachem Flourish and Excel right now. I have always dosed a full regimen from Seachem and was happy with it and will most likely go that route again.

    I look forward to joining in the conversations here and learning an enormous amount from all of you. Thanks for the help you have already given me for many years!
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