Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Murrieta, California
How to stabiilize pH if it gets to low
I'm not sure that this will be a problem in my tank but, I was curious as to how I would maintain my pH If it gets lower than I would like it. Previously I had been using Seachem Nuetral Regulator to maintain my pH at 6.8. My pH never quite reached 7.0 while using Neutral Regulator. I had been advised to not use this product for several reasons so now, I use straight RO water and add Fluval Shrimp Mineral to keep my GH AT 5.
Now after several water changes over the course of a month, and having to top off my tank everyday because of the fan blowing on my water 24/7, my pH is 6.5. My RO water tests at a pH of 6.2 I know that even at 6.2 my Bee's will be fine, I'm just worried that if it gets to low it may negatively effect my RCS. My Substrate is black sand so it doesn't have the ability to buffer my pH either way.
What can I do to keep my pH at 6.6-6.8? I read somewhere on these forums that some people use Seachem Discus buffer. Is this safe for my shrimps or is there other things I can do to keep my pH within my target range?
Nitrate < 5ppm
My tank is heavily planted with some driftwood and rocks I found near a river. My tank has been up for over a year.