My husband and I are new to the tank frenzy. We are 1 year into our 10 gallon tank.
We started with danios, for obvious reasons and so the PH was never an issue for us. 6 months after we purchased the danios we were ready to add something more. We went for some neons and our local fish shop gave us a basic lesson on PH and let us know that our local water is very high in PH. (about an 8) She proceeded to sell us some PH down drops and sent us on our merry way.
5 of the 6 neons died. We lowered the PH to about a 7, according to her directions. The problem has been that it will only lower the PH for about an hour. No matter how low we go, we've gone as low as 6.5 it always jumps right back up to 8 within an hour.
The tester that she sent us home with, only tests PH so I have NO idea about all of this other stuff to test for.
We read online that including driftwood, or pete moss could help with the situation and keep our PH lower.
Last night we went back to the store, this time she sold us something "more powerful" than the drops. It was a pre-measured packet of powder that was going to drop our 10 gallon tank to 7.0. We purchased some driftwood and we went home to experiment.
Tank is back over 8 this morning. Driftwood is in place. Do we just need to wait and see if the driftwood will lower things? Or is there something else we need to add? Anyone have any thoughts for us newbies?
We have 1 lava rock, 1 driftwood and 2 live plants. 6 danios, 1 aquatic frog, 1 chinese algae eater and 1 surviving neon.