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RE: [AGA-Member] RO water

IMHO, RO water isn't of much value for planted tanks, UNLESS you have local
conditions that would justify it such as abnormally high nitrates,
phosphates, perhaps even high levels of chlorine / chloramine, otherwise
you're paying good money to remove things your plants will use most likely
and then spending even more to put it back in.

But as I stated, that's just an opinion.

-----Original Message-----
From: aga-member-bounces@thekrib.com
[mailto:aga-member-bounces@thekrib.com]On Behalf Of Nickeydundee@aol.com
Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2005 6:27 PM
To: aga-member@thekrib.com
Subject: [AGA-Member] RO water

Hello Fellow Growers,
    I am using RO water for my planted discus tank. It  is a 90 gallon tank
and I do partial water changes of 30 gallons once a week.  Before I add the
water to the tank I have been adding TMG, Equillium, FE, K, N  and CO2
My tank has algae and isn't what I would call a work of  art yet. Basically
because I am still learning and I figured that I need to  learn the basic of
growing plants before calling the tank more than what it is.
    The more and more I have been  reading I  haven't come across anyone
detailing the use of RO water in a planted aquarium.  So, I ask why and is
worth the extra expense of using it. The benefit that I  am getting from it
is the
that GH and KH are at my control and with discus that  is a must but, I am
still getting algae. Probably from still learning the ropes  of adding the
chemicals to the water.
    I just having found much about the use of RO  water and balancing it
Liebig's law in mind. I have test kits and just  about everything else (I
guess having all the toys is the easy part)  the every least my fish are
great not the plants.
    If there is anyone out there that can help me piece  all of it together
would be grateful for the help.


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