Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Union, New Jersey
Lowering pH and kH relationship
My pH is 8.0-8.2 and kH of 4.. The moss in my tank is doing ok but no where near thriving and the only answer I can think of is my pH is too high.. Everything else I have troubleshooted except for this.. So, I'm using peat pellets in order to leach some acidity into the tank. Now I do know that it lowers my kH as well.. A kH of 4 is good IMO and I would not want it to get much lower, should I be adding baking soda to top-off water to raise kH a bit? Or will this just further buffer the pH and I'll be shooting myself in the foot so to speak? Since I don't use co2 and have a lot of tetras/mosses I would like to keep a neutral to slightly acidic conditions and this seems the only way.. Any suggestions?