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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-30-2013, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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Fluval shrimp stratum

I changed my substrate to fluval shrimp stratum. How long until it starts to effect my water parameters meaning ph gh and kh. Thanks
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How hard is your water? If it's very hard gh/kh wise and the pH is high, I don't expect it will change much at all.

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+1.. much of this is dependant on the parameters of your source water. Buffer life will likely last longer if the buffering is a lesser swing. the buffering should start happening immediately but would be only measureable if the change is larger. For reference, my tanks with flourite, ecocomplete and safe-t-sorb all reside within 6.5-6.7. FSS tends to remain in 6.6 for the past 7 months.

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My ph was 7.4 and the gh and kh through the roof. I am going to do a water change Saturday and use RO water.
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Im wondering if safe-t-sorb would be a good substrate for crs seeing that it buffers down to 6.0.Ive had it in a planted 29 gal for a few months and its still at a very low ph.
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