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    Am I overdosing CO2 to add shrimps/fish?

    I'm staring up a new tank for four weeks right now and I have reached the point where I want to add some Amano shrimps and Otocinclus. I have seen the first signs of brown algea, but that's probably related to the new setup. I have created a pH profile during one day with a calibrated HANA pH...
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    Eleocharis Parvula doesn't create runners?

    I have Eleocharis Parvula planted for two weeks now in my new started scape. I've cut the immersed plants to about two centimers and planted them into the gravel. I'm following EI-method and using pressurized CO2 and EasyCarbo (no fish yet). After two week my Eleocharis Parvula (and other...
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    Remove unnecessary filter media to increase throughput?

    I'm using a Tetratec EX600 which is being delivered with several filter media like wool, sponges, ceramic pipes and bio-balls. I want to "generate" maximum throughput with my filter and therefore remove all unnecessary media. Can someone advise what can be removed and/or replaced? Is it for...
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    Questions/doubts about using (ADA) soil

    For my next tank I'm looking for the advantage and disadvantage of using a soil and a few question arise which can be answered hopefully by you. When looking at Aqua Soil Amazonia at some webshops they are "telling" me that, to create the perfect substrate I need at least: ADA Penac W ADA...
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    Still suffering with Black Beard Algae (BBA)! :(

    Why o why am I still suffering with BBA algae! :( It seems to be the only algae I ALWAYS have in al my tanks and can't get it away. Took care of all hints and tips like flow, pH readings etc. The BBA is mosly present on my rocks (Dragon Stones) and older plant leaves. If someone can help me...
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    Evaporated water; tap water or osmosis water to refill?

    I have an open aquarium and now the weather is changing (dry), the water evaporates more quickly then before. As I have osmosis water available I was wondering if it is better to use osmosis water to refill evaporated water, or can I just use my tap water that I also use during my water...
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    Do I need magnesium Sulfate (MgSO4)?

    Starting up a new tank which will be planted and filled with water this weekend. I'm dosing EI and I was wondering if I need magnesium Sulfate (MgSO4) (is this the correct English translation??) How to decide if I need to dose MgSO4 beside my KNO3, KH2PO4 and CSM+B? It's still not clear to...
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    Daily water changes during startup and fert dosing?

    I'm preparing a new tank where I will use the EI method. I have experience with this method, but still have a question about the start up of a new tank when using EI. Is it recommended to do 50% water changes daily the first couple of days followed by 50% water changes every second day and...
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    Unknown algae - please help?

    I'm running a small 60x30x35 (centimeters) tank and I'm using the EI-method, meaning 50% water change every week and weekly fertilization like: 24.00 ppm NO3 3.90 ppm PO4 30.00 ppm K 0.60 ppm Fe 6.43 ppm S 5.00 ppm Mg 0.07 ppm Mn 0.04 ppm B 0.01 ppm Zn 0.46 ppm dGH Plants are growing well...
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    Three weeks after start up...

    Promised to show my tank, and here it is..... three weeks after the start up I've added a few Japonica shrimps and Otocinclus. The only thing I'm looking for right now is a replacement for the Limnopilia Aromatica in the right back corner... this plant is beautiful, but it isn't the right...
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    Drill extra holes into the bottom of my spray-bar (downwards)?

    I'm using the spray-bar vertically placed in my 60x30x35cm tank and the filter I'm using is a TetraTec EX600 (600l/h)...... (is it better to convert my measurement units to UK units??)... There is a good flow to the other side of the tank where the flow from the spray-bar clashes to the...
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    Hi all...

    I'm a guy who is living in the Netherlands and I focus mainly on the aquascape / Amano style tanks - I love this style! I'm very interested in (tank)water chemistry and creating and keeping a good balanced tank for fish and plants. I still have a lot to learn, so I'm very happy with this...
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    Initial values PO4/NO3/Fe start up using EI-method?

    Hi everyone! I've setup my scape last weekend and planted it with the plants from my previous tank (submerse), mainly HC, Staurogyne sp., Limnophilia and some mosses. I'm using the EI-method for fertilization and I was wondering if the best way is to just start with day one of adding...
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