Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Southern Maryland
Mike, I had the same problem at my house. I also use well water (only) and it was about the same parameters as yours. I put Aquasoil in as the substrate and it lowered from 7.6 to about 7-7.2 pH. Both of the KH and GH went down considerably to 8-10 deg. and the inhabitants seem to like it OK. I think maybe that the CRS (crystal red shrimp) are still too sensitive for this as they like the 6.8~ range. You can also get fish that like the harder water, but the plants will do ok.