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Coco Leaves? Help Lower ph

Ok I'm a newbie who needs some help lowering a 6gallon fluval edge!

I have Amazona substrate covered with black sand and a Seriyu stones which I've come to learn raises ph And is not true stone from Japan, but China.

My ph is hovering around 8 and so far I've tried: chemical drops, peat from fluval, and driftwood all to no avail. All I get is yellow water for two months. I've lost my mintecarlo bed, well never took offf and melted.

Now I came across this article on Coco Leaves.
Link: Pollywog Natural Décor review | Aquarist Magazine

And am wondering if anyone can help and maybe know where I can buy some.

Thanks in advance!!

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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 for a thorough selection of aquarium botanicals.

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