Juwel Rio 125 Planted

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    hi everybody
    I finally got my first proper planted tank:bigsmile:
    It is a Rio 125
    here r some facts

    Substrate: ADA and silica sand
    Lighting: Standard Juwel T5 system
    Filter: Juwel Bioflow 3.0 (Im not sure if this is enough 4 the stocking list I have planned,some help would be appreciated)
    Current plants: Anubias (4)
    Cryptocorynes (2)
    Ludwigia (3)
    Java moss
    And another unidentified plant (lots)
    Planned stocking list: 2x Otocinclus
    6x Neon Tetras
    5x Glowlight Tetras
    5x Sterbai Corydoras
    4x Amano Shrimps

    Will post pics soon
    any comments/critique welcome
     
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    aqua dude

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    This the tank...
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    Sorry for the delay
    Will post more pics soon

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    Oops double post:blushing:
     
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    Nice looking tank
     
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    thanks @halfway
    the tank is actually ready for fish now I just have to test the water parameters
    any ideas on a good all round test kit?
     
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    Nice one .. filtration should be fine as long as you do not overfeed in any way. Make sure the rhizome of the anubia is ontop of the ADA or tied to wood or rocks of sorts.

    Take regular pictures - change happens so quickly. You going to be running CO2 or glutaraldehyde ?

    Later Ferdie
     
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    OK I will tie the Anubias to one if those rocks I have in there but at the moment it is planted in the ADA
    At the moment I am not running any CO2 but I am on the lookout for a good regulator in Cape Town
     
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    BTW the Anubias has sprouted a new leaf and seems to be doing very well so should I still move it?
     
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    I would just make sure that the rhizome is not covered - it is OK for the legs to be in the soil.

    Later Ferdie
     
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    Got it
     
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    Update:
    Did some work on the tank today, I tested the water and the results are in, here they are:
    Ph: 6.0
    Ammonia: 0
    Nitrite: 0
    Nitrate: <0.5
    KH: 2
    The problem is quite obvious to see, so does anybody know of a way to up my KH?
    Thanks in advance
     
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    Bicarbonate will up the kh but, increase ph as well. What is the kh ph out the tap?
     
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    Not sure, looks like I have some more testing to do
     
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    Let your water out the tap for 24 hours and test
     
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    Sorry I meant let your water stand out of the tap.
     
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    OK I only saw the post above post now but here are the results of the tap water without letting it stand
    KH: 2
    PH: 9.0
     
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    Well there is your problem. With a kh so low chances are that after 24 hours that ph is going to drop. Let it stand for 24 hours and test the ph again. @Altum was my water chemistry teacher for some time now. The guy is a bluddy genii us let's ask him his view on this. He has got a product that Is not very expensive that can safely rase kh.

    For now I would leave a 20l bucket with water for 24 hours, test the ph again. Then add 1tsp of bicarbonate of soda fpr every5_7 l of water then test kh and ph again.

    The ph will rose bit I don't think will gp beyond 8.4. Do not add this water to your tank we are only experimenting.

    What fish do you have on that tank?
     
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    I dont have the fish yet but here is the proposed stocking list: 6x Neon Tetra
    5x Hatchetfish (not sure what species yet)
    5x Glowlight Tetra
    5x Sterbai Cory
    4x Oto
    4x Amano Shrimp
     
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    all those fish require a ph bellow 7 as far as I know.
     

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