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Hi Guys - High Nitrates Issue

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by rjugas, Jan 15, 2018.

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    rjugas New Member

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    So I get water test for nitrates and I really have high levels of nitrates (40 mg/L at least).
    I have decided to do a new scape because the plants are not going well and it is the easiest solution. Next time, I will get surface plants like Pistia and even I dont like them so much, I will need fast growing stem plants. Thats the only way how to get nitrates out of water.
    I also get 1L of Seachem deNitrate which I will put into canister filter.

    I am thinking about hardscape... Not so experienced with that.
     
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    rjugas New Member

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    So I remade my tank -
    My first try didnt go well, so I decided to start again with learning from mistakes:
    - in small tank with CO2, ferts etc you need to do water changes, I will do something like 30% twice a week after tank will be well runned.
    - you need to know you water parameters...
    - better to use powder type of soil in a small tank, and in my experience planting into japan soils sucks... I hope it will be better with Powder type.


    Tech
    - 33L low-iron glass tank (30 x 30 x 35 cm)
    - LED 15W cool white "work light"
    - Eheim classic 250 2213 (440L-hour), spraybar?
    [1L Seachem de*Nitrate, 250ml Seachem Matrix, some sponges up and down]
    - Eheim Jager 50W heater
    - Platinum Soil Black Powder substrate (cheaper kind of ADA Amazonia - tested in Polish here
    - no hardscape
    - CO2 set, inline diffuser

    Ferst/Chemistry
    - Tropica Plant Growth Specialised Fertiliser
    - liquid carbo each day?
    - 30-40% waterchange twice a week
    - Tetra Aquasafe
    - Seachem Stability

    Fish

    - 1 Betta splendens Super Delta Blue/Red

    Plants
    Eleocharis parvulus
    Rotala wallichii
    Rotala russila
    Limnophila sessiliflora
    Pogostemon helferi
    Echinodorus Rubin Narrow Leaf

    Pistia stratiotes

    Tap Water
    Fe 0,03 mg/l
    pH 7,44
    Hardness 2,94 2-3,5 mmol/l
    NH4+ ionts < 0,01 mg/l
    NO3- 35,78 mg/l
    NO2− < 0,00 mg/l
    Chlorides 19,77 mg/l
    Organic carbon 2,31 mg/l
    Free Cl 0,04 mg/l
     
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    rjugas New Member

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    Hi, it's me again.
    The plants were delivered at Tuesday, I planted them immediately. I planned Blyxa originally, but bought Echinodorus Rubin narrow leaf instead. Well, I am somehow prepared that it can grow huge. The seller told me, that if I plant the two next to each other, they will compete for nutrients and remain smaller. Hope so.
    So, this is today photo:
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    Some others in albums on Google:
    1st Day
    3rd Day
    5th Day - today

    I have changed water several times, dosing Liquid Carbon every day, also dosing Seachem Stability everyday or so.
     
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