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    I have had the Red and white for months now and not seen any change in Ph. That red lava rock would look great in a tank I think....
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    150G Cube FWLR (Morays) 75G Fresh (Bichers/Gourami) 24G Cube (Reef/Goby/Seahorse's/Garden Eels)
    10G Fresh (Beta)
    2 x 29G Breeders (cycling) to be ready for January 15

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    I'm off to Big ALS today as I have a spare 10 gallon and light fixture. I believe I will set it up under my 75 fresh and load it with bamboo. I'm determined to get my water changes to every two weeks like my salt tanks!
    Life is tough, it's even tougher if your stupid.
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    150G Cube FWLR (Morays) 75G Fresh (Bichers/Gourami) 24G Cube (Reef/Goby/Seahorse's/Garden Eels)
    10G Fresh (Beta)
    2 x 29G Breeders (cycling) to be ready for January 15

  3. #13

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    I know reducing water changes is always fun but you do realize we change out water for other reasons besides nitrate reductions? Now that I have said that, here is what I know about ways to reduce nitrates other than water changes.

    Your current lights would be fine for floating plants.
    You could put the roots of a non-aquatic plant into the water, be sure it is a non-toxic plant. Here is a picture of Pothos sticking in a tank as an example, I've seen some set up that look pretty nice with this plant.


    And there are nitrate reactors that will reduce nitrates, but I have never used them. I know they work, but I can't tell you a good brand.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

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    Floating plants for sure. You already have some duck weed. Look into some water lettuce, red root floaters, water moss. They will help. In addition you could add some low light plants like Anubias ssp, Java Fern, and even throw in some Java Moss. I don't use ferts or CO2 in my tank and those plants are growing great. I don't know how well they take up Nitrates but they certainly won't hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Compass View Post
    Look into some water lettuce ... I don't use ferts or CO2 in my tank and those plants are growing great. I don't know how well they take up Nitrates but they certainly won't hurt.
    Would sure like to know your secret for keeping water lettuce alive in an aquarium. Best I've been able to do is a couple months before it all starts to die off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stingrayg4 View Post
    Would sure like to know your secret for keeping water lettuce alive in an aquarium. Best I've been able to do is a couple months before it all starts to die off.

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    The trick I found is you have to start out with a lot. Water lettuce does not like to be moved around and certainly does not like (ironically) to get wet. So when you add a few with the idea that it'll fill in it may not happen. So when I had this stuff I just went to my neighborhood swamp and got as much as was needed to fill the tank. Each plant holds the other ones up keeping the leaves dry and forming a mat that is unaffected by water movement. You could also try just completely stagnating the water until the WL fills in.
    They are indeed heavy feeders but I found that if I overstocked a little bit on fish and didn't use my gravel vac as much there was enough nitrate to keep it going.

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    Awesome and thanks everyone for the input. I'm adding another light bar but that's because the duck weed really absorbs/negates the light into the tank. I will pick up some other floating as well. My tank is tightly lidded and there's no way for plants to stick out. Mommy1 mentioned reactors, I use one on my 150G. They're expensive tho and the plants will look much better and cost 10% of what a reactor costs. I will get rid of the cheesy plastic stuff too, that's a major bonus in itself...
    Life is tough, it's even tougher if your stupid.
    If your not angry, your not paying attention...
    150G Cube FWLR (Morays) 75G Fresh (Bichers/Gourami) 24G Cube (Reef/Goby/Seahorse's/Garden Eels)
    10G Fresh (Beta)
    2 x 29G Breeders (cycling) to be ready for January 15

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    I have added a total of 3 bunches of Red & Bronze Wendth to my tank. 4 stalks per bunch. I am doing this slowly as I am worried it could throw my system out of whack so bit by bit is the plan. The plastic is all gone (Hoorah) and the Rocks/Gravel/ Real plants combo is looking much better and obviously more natural. Thanks again for all the great input and I will advise.
    Life is tough, it's even tougher if your stupid.
    If your not angry, your not paying attention...
    150G Cube FWLR (Morays) 75G Fresh (Bichers/Gourami) 24G Cube (Reef/Goby/Seahorse's/Garden Eels)
    10G Fresh (Beta)
    2 x 29G Breeders (cycling) to be ready for January 15

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