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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:13 am Post subject: Re: DIY fertilisers for my tank Reply with quote

 Hello  Sandeep,
 (1)  You  are  right  that  CaCo3  and  MgCo3  do  not  dissolve  in  Water  and  settle  down  in  the  liquid,  and  it  cloud  the  water  when  inducted  in  the  Aquarium,  but  otherwise  I  have  not  seen  any  ill  effect  to  the  fish.  I  mix  the  dose  in  a  mug  with  about  half  a  litre  water  and  then  slowly  pour  it  in  aquarium.  It  is  also  observed  taht  these  substances  are  found  traped  in  the  filter  media  also.  It  is  indeed  a  matter  of  discussion.
 (2)  I  bought  500gm  of  Ferrous  Glucomate  for  the  purpose  and  used  only  10  gm  out  of  it.
 (3)  I  have  not  got  tested  the  hardness  of  water  as  yet,  It   is  the  ground  water  that  is  being  supplied  and  there  is  every  possibility  that  it  can  be  Hard  water.  What  should  I  do  to  ascertain  that?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:27 pm Post subject: Re: DIY fertilisers for my tank Reply with quote

 Dear  All,
 
 Can  any  one  recommend  good  test  kit  for  checking  water  hardness.
 
 How  water  hardness  impacts  planted  aquarium?  
 
 According  to  me  if  both  KH  and  GH  are  at  higher  side  then  it  is  a  hard  water  otherwise  it  is  a  soft  water.
 
 Please  correct  me  if  I'm  wrong.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:33 pm Post subject: Re: DIY fertilisers for my tank Reply with quote

 Ok.  Calculations  and  chemicals.  Math  and  chemistry.  Makes  my  head  spin.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:11 pm Post subject: Re: DIY fertilisers for my tank Reply with quote

                                                   
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Hello  Sandeep,
 (1)  You  are  right  that  CaCo3  and  MgCo3  does  not  dissolve  in  Water  and  settles  down  in  the  liquid,  and  it  clouds  the  water  when  inducted  in  the  Aquarium,  but  otherwise  I  have  not  seen  any  ill  effect  to  the  fish.  I  mix  the  dose  in  a  mug  with  about  half  a  litre  water  and  then  slowly  pour  it  in  aquarium.  It  is  also  observed  taht  these  substances  are  found  traped  in  the  filter  media  also.  It  is  indeed  a  matter  of  discussion.
 (2)  I  bought  500gm  of  Ferrous  Glucomate  for  the  purpose  and  used  only  10  gm  out  of  it.
 (3)  I  have  not  got  tested  the  hardness  of  water  as  yet,  It   is  the  ground  water  that  is  being  supplied  and  there  is  every  possibility  that  it  can  be  Hard  water.  What  should  I  do  to  ascertain  that?
 Ravinder  Singh
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 Mostly  ground  water  in  India  are  hard  in  nature  and  has  adequate  amount  so  mg  and  Ca  in  it.
 So  you  don't  need  to  dose  it,  if  you  do  want  to  dose,  have  your  water  checked.
 Whenever  you  are  making  stock  solutions  of  chemicals  you  need  to  consider  solubality  of  that  salt  in  water,  Chuck  gudd's  calculator  is  a  good  on  this  front  also.
 It  gives  you  the  amount  of  salt  you  can  disslove  in  water.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:15 pm Post subject: Re: DIY fertilisers for my tank Reply with quote

                                                   
nskumar  wrote  (View  Post):                
Dear  All,
 Can  any  one  recommend  good  test  kit  for  checking  water  hardness.
 How  water  hardness  impacts  planted  aquarium?  
 According  to  me  if  both  KH  and  GH  are  at  higher  side  then  it  is  a  hard  water  otherwise  it  is  a  soft  water.
 Please  correct  me  if  I'm  wrong.
 -Senthil                

 
 They  are  costly  in  nature,  making  a  group  buy  and  sharing  makes  more  sense.
 Moderatly  hard  water  is  good  for  planted  tanks,  very  soft  water  does  not  contain  nutrients  reauired  for  plants,  very  hard  water  with  Gh  over  30  KH  over  15,  inihibits  uptake  of  nutrients.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:53 pm Post subject: Re: DIY fertilisers for my tank Reply with quote

 Hey  DRDHEEP.  Try  getting  fertilisers  from  Ecorium.  It's  a  Pune  based  firm  led  by  Dr.Abhay  Shendye.  He's  a  biologist,  afaik.  http://ecorium.biz/  is  the  website.  You  can  try  contacting  him  &  check  whether  he  ships  it.  One  of  my  friends  has  tried  it  &  finds  it  effective.  No  one  uses  Vardhman  stuff  anymore.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:52 pm Post subject: Re: DIY fertilisers for my tank Reply with quote

 Robi  :  Dr.Abhay  has  contacted  me.  I  am  in  the  process  of  ordering  from  him.  Good  to  know  he  comes  recommended.  Should  I  also  get  glutaraldehyde  as  an  algae  killer?  Many  suggest  it  is  only  a  temporary  solution.  I  also  have  shrimps  and  snails  in  my  tank  and  am  using  pressurised  CO2.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:06 pm Post subject: Re: DIY fertilisers for my tank Reply with quote

                                                   
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Robi  :  Dr.Abhay  has  contacted  me.  I  am  in  the  process  of  ordering  from  him.  Good  to  know  he  comes  recommended.  Should  I  also  get  glutaraldehyde  as  an  algae  killer?  Many  suggest  it  is  only  a  temporary  solution.  I  also  have  shrimps  and  snails  in  my  tank  and  am  using  pressurised  CO2.                

 
 Fundamentally,  you  should  be  able  to  juggle  between  lights,  ferts  and  co2.  Glut  can  be  kept  handy,  in  case,  you  have  an  issue  with  your  pressurised  setup,  but,  nothing  can  replace  pressurised  stuff.  As  far  as  my  experience  with  glut  goes,  it,  for  sure  fights  various  algae  effectively,  but,  not  permanently.  It  is  your  responsibility  to  ensure  that  your  lights,  ferts  &  co2  concentrations  are  in  the  right  quantities.  Shrimps  &  snails  are  not  affected,  as  long  as,  glut  dosing  is  within  the  specified  safe  range.
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 Robi  :  Thanks
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 sandeepraghuvanshi  ji,
 1.  It  is  right  that  CaCo3  does  not  dissolve  in  water  nor  do  MgCo3  the  remain  there  in  suspended  form  and  when  added  in  the  aquarium  they  make  the  water  cloudy  for  about  half  an  hour,  but  then  probably  the  are  dissolve  in  water.
 2.  I  purchased  500gm  of  ferrous  gluconate  in  about  Rs.  800/-  on  24/11/12.
 3.  Our  water  is  hard  but  I  do  not  have  the  measurement.  What  do  you  suggest?
 Sorry  for  late  reply  I  was  suffering  with  cancer  last  year  and  under  treatment,  Now  I  am  better  and  slowly  picking  up  with  my  hobbies.
 Thanks  for  concern
 With  regards
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