Ph was 7.2, dkh was 5
I find this strange, since the tap water I filled the tank with a week before purchasing the rams was ph 7.2 and dkh 5... but Ive been injecting co2 since day 1. In my newbishness I assumed this would lower the ph... silly me.
Fortunately (and a bit strangely I might add) I have a 46 gallon bow front I set up the day before the 10 gallon tank... it recieves twice as much c02 as the 10 gallon tank, (all store bought yeast co2 injectors, all started within a day of each other... meaning the 10 gallon was getting much more c02 per gallon.. the more I look into this the more it doesnt make sense)
Why doesnt it make sense? Because the 46 gallon tank filled with the same water, but getting les than half the co2 per gallon currently has a ph of 6 and a dkh of 2.
The tanks are identicle except for the following.. the filter is smaller on the ten gallon, the tank sizes are different, the smaller tank gets more c02 per gallon, and the larger tank has 3 peices of store bought driftwood that show NO signs of leaking tannins into the crystal clear water.
Both are heavilly planted and use the same exact substrate. The water came from the same tap, and other than the fact that one is getting more c02 than the other, the water is filtered and treated in the exact same way. (One filter is smaller, but same type) so why in the world would the tank getting a higher concentration of co2 remain at the same ph and hardness for nearly 2 weeks, and the one with less c02 concentration drops dramaticaly in both categories????
I guess I shouldnt complain, at least I have a good supply of water that the rams will enjoy... Its just that I am one of those people who has to try understand everything, and it will bother me untill I figure it out, lol.
All of this is very strange to my newbish self... but in a way it is fortunate... I have 46 gallons of water that the Rams will absolutely love.