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    Setting Up 30 Gallon Planted Tank

    Hi, Before I ask my questions here are my tank parameters and my setup so you can read over/refer back to it. Tank: 30 gallon long [ rough estimates: 36 1/2 (l) x 16 1/2 (h) x 12 1/2 (w)] Water parameters: - ph 8.0 - Temp: 76-78 - Hard Water Lighting set-up: - Coralife T5 HO fixture...
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    Just Purchased An Rodi System

    Hi Cindi, I have achieved a pH of 7.0 using Alkaline buffer, acid buffer, and equilibrium. I measured a KH of 9, a GH of 7, and TDS of 300. The pH was stable after having an airstone in the tub for over an hour two days ago. I used some in one of my tanks yesterday and then today I checked the...
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    Just Purchased An Rodi System

    Tank water GH was tested to be about 18 drops.
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    Just Purchased An Rodi System

    Ok cool! So i can go ahead and do a 25% water change with the water? (The water was a little green after i added the equilibrium, is that ok?) Then i should add less equilibrium next time in order to keep the GH lower for whenever i add my Odessa barbs or GBRs? I just have 5 cherry barbs in...
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    Just Purchased An Rodi System

    Posted it before that message. Its 7.6pH and test kit took 6 drops for KH to turn color, saying 50ppm - 100ppm
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    Just Purchased An Rodi System

    I used 1 tsp buffer per about 15 gallons, since it is a 18 gallon tub. Bottle says 1tsp per 20gallons.
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    Just Purchased An Rodi System

    Just got the rest of my supplies today. Did a KH test, results were 2 drops for it to turn (0-50ppm). GH test was 17 drops to turn (200-400ppm). pH tested to be around 7.4 (prior to adding equilibrium yesterday) before adding 1 teaspoon of buffer. After mixing for 10min it tested to be 7.6. I...
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    Just Purchased An Rodi System

    Should i be trying to match my current mineral count? or do i just add the 1 tablespoon per 20 gal? My current mineral count is 1000.... in my other tanks besides the 10 and 30 the mineral count is only 300-400?? And should i put a HOB filter to mix the equilibrium? I have a spare 350 penguin...
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    Just Purchased An Rodi System

    Got my pH kit and equilibrium today. Tested my RO pH before putting in an airstone for an hour. The first reading was about 6.4 (using API Liquid Test kit). An hour after bubbling it recorded to be about 6.6. My GH/KH kit and buffer will be here thursday as mentioned. I'll just stick to the...
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    Just Purchased An Rodi System

    Ok! I have ordered a GH and KH test kit, along with the Seachem Alkaline buffer. I will let you know my pH test results tomorrow night. My things will be here Thursday, unless i find them at petsmart or petco tomorrow. One more quick question, If i were to buy seachem neutral regulator to get...
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    Just Purchased An Rodi System

    Ok thanks! I get my pH test kit tomorrow and my equilibrium, what pH should the system be making my water? I've read online it will make it 5-7. So I need to add the buffer to raise the pH back to 7, and then it should be stable because the equilibrium? or do I have to buy KH/GH things as well...
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    Just Purchased An Rodi System

    Hi, I just purchased a 4-stage RODI system since it was on-sale. I don't have $$$ for an expensive system since I'm in college, so I purchased the Aquatic Life 4 stage RODI Buddie for my freshwater aquariums. Along with this, I bought a TDS system. I have a 30 gallon planted aquarium and a 10...
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    Nutrient Balancing Help

    Typically some plants would have algae cover them and some would just turn brown and die. I believe it was 10-12 hours set with my timer... but, i have since lowered it to 8. A few plants would also turn yellow in their leaves, like the anubias after getting so big. I don't currently have any...
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    Nutrient Balancing Help

    Hi, My name is Jake and thank you for reading my post. Background: I currently have set up a 30 gallon (about 18inches tall, its long), with a Penguin 350 Biowheel filter, eco-complete black substrate, and a Coralife T5 HO light fixture, holding two bulbs. The current bulbs in the fixture...
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    Brown Algae Outbreak

    Hi, I have had my 30gallon set up for about a month or so. I have 7 fish In the tank, one of them being a clown pleco. I have one Amazon sword, one anubias nana, one Marimo moss ball, one ludwigia (can't remember second part), and a bunch of Italian val. I have Eco complete as my substrate...




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