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  1. Sanderguy777

    Easy way to "test" and breakdown of what to test.

    I've been reading through a few threads talking about water test kits and the science behind them. I honestly don't understand about half of what the "science types" say, though I think I get the general meaning. I use test strips because they are easy, and the one time I used the api master...
  2. jaypeecee

    Aquarium Water Electrolytes

    Hi Folks, Recently, I have been making good use of the UKAPS thread entitled Sodium And Plants. I would like to extend this beyond sodium and beyond plants. Hence this new thread. I have found it difficult obtaining information about freshwater aquarium electrolytes pertaining to all aquarium...
  3. jcspotless

    Measurement of Nitrate with a Spectrophotometer

    Hi, I wondered if anyone here had tried to use some of the homemade spectrophotometers and https://spectralworkbench.org to measure nitrate or indeed other colourmetric assay rather than a test kit. I am thinking about it but its quite a big project so before I start I wondered what I might...
  4. MiZuboov

    Param of water in aquascapes?

    Hallo! What do you think, what param of water in aquascpapes is optimal? Given that I will to use all products of ADA (MH - lightning, additivies, fertiliziers) I have RO\DI Spectrapure and I can to make anything parameters of water. I want to know dKh, dGh, pH (in the middle of the day, before...
  5. Mark82

    Water Change

    Hi all, So I’m hoping someone can provide me some more insight into why we need to do a weekly water change. I know everyone says you need to do between 25 to 50% water change weekly, but for me I want to know why, I am trying to understand why we need to do this. Before I go any further I...
  6. W

    DIY GH / KH Booster? Re-mineralizer. Exact chemicals, grade and dosage?

    Trying to make my own GH and KH booster. My specific use is to remineralize R/O water for some shrimp tanks. So I've done some searching and came across these threads on the same topic, but I only know a small amount on chemistry so I just wanted to get some clarification...
  7. Lukmana91

    Too Much Water Changes??

    Hi guys, I know that water change is the single most important thing to maintain a well-balanced and healthy thriving aquarium, but, from what i know, it also takes away the important nutrients that plants needs, such as iron, etc I am currently only stocking RCS in my 150L tank heavily...
  8. Kyle Lambert

    rocks that soften water?

    Hey there ladies and gentlemen. Im looking to get back into the game soon (and have eyed up a freaking lovely 135l tank with which to do so) and i have the misfortune of living in a hard water area. If i could afford the RO kit id be going for it without question but its not an option for me. I...
  9. michael woods

    Can anyone help...ph question

    Ok so I'm about 4 weeks into my first aquascape and the tank is nearly cycled...showing 0.25 ammonia and 0.25 nitrite with 10ppm nitrate. I'm running an ei dosing schedule with a 50% water change on Sundays. It's a 64 litre tank with a pressurised co2 system pumping around 2bps and no fish in...