Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Peat Pellets Really Work To Lower pH
So I'd like my CRS to start breeding, and while others have some success in a higher pH, everyone seems to agree that the lower the pH, the better they breed, the faster they breed, the better the young survive, etc.
I didn't want to go with mixing RO water and then trying to always mix back in the exact same amount of RO water and minerals and all that, so I thought I'd try peat. I'm sure normal peat from the hardware store would have worked but I went with the Eheim Torf Pellets since they are made for it, less messy as they are little compact pellets and it was easier to measure how much to use exactly. I used about 1/2 box in the included mesh bag and put them in my Rena XP1 on a 20L as the last media in the basket. I have the course sponge, bio media, peat. I don't use the fine sponge since I have a pre-filter sponge on my intake, so that filters a lot of small stuff out anyways.
Day 0 pH 7.6, kH 5
Day 1 pH 7.2, kH 5
Day 3 pH 7.0, kH 3
Thats where I'm at right now, I'll test over the next few days and update the above stats to see where I get, where I stabilize and how long it lasts over the next few months.
Last night I saw every single CRS I have out on the driftwood hanging out, eating. I was surprised I had that many as I forget how many I've added over the few months, but they have never breed or seen so active as they did last night, so we'll see what happens.
20g platy, , 2 x 10g shrimp, 3 x 20g shrimp, 7.5g shrimp and 1 great dane/mastiff puppy.
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