I talked to the guys at my local aquascaping store, they told me I should try lower the pH with acid buffer to around 7 for the plants. I also added a piece of drift wood to my tank along with some java and christmas moss tied to it. I do notice my pH lowered to around the upper end of 7 from the upper end of 8 after 2 days and seem to stablize at this range for now.
Will the pH continue to lower if I add more plants and I also have some cholla wood ordered and will be added to the tank. Will the lowered ph from the drift woods sustain after water changes?
How important is ph to the plants and fish? Our water is pretty soft and KH and GH is on the lower end despite the high pH.
I would like to lower my pH to around 7 naturally if possible. Would prefer not to use acid buffer unless I have to.