Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
If the Amazonia substrate isn't pulling down your pH, I don't think adding more dried plant material will be any more helpful. If you're looking to create a blackwater environment, with a leaf litter bed, you might be able to do it, but I assume you're going for a traditional planted tank, based on the Monte Carlo. I'm not a plant expert, but doesn't that need CO2? Perhaps that is the issue, not pH.
What is your tap water pH? And other tap parameters, like GH and KH? Mayb RO water will help if your tap is crazy hard.
Or maybe you just need to get rid of that pH and hardness raising rock.
Although if you're set on trying leaves and such, I suggest going to tanninaquatics.com for a thorough selection of aquarium botanicals.
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