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Natural way to lover PH

My tap water PH 7.8
Is there way to lover PH some Natural Way, instead of add chemicals?
Thanks for the help.
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Throw some peat moss in your filter. It will naturally lower your pH but it will also turn your water a little brown. Fluval I think sells it in the filter packs. They have two types.
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Thank you.
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For planted tanks, CO2 injection comes to mind. When you say "natural, without adding chemicals" I assume you refer to buffers and such.

If CO2 is out you could cut your tap water with distilled/RO water.


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were can i get peat moss?
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were can i get peat moss?
Any decent garden center. You want the ground peat moss. Normally comes in 1-3 cubic foot bales.

Be advised that it will also discolor the water.
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ADA Aqua Soil considered natural? It's way easy though. And it's "natural." Think of it like strong peat moss with the side effect of having the greatest substrate every created IMO :-D.


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As natural as altering pH can be!

Aquasoil works pretty good

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My tap water PH 7.8
Is there way to lover PH some Natural Way, instead of add chemicals?
Thanks for the help.
Peat leaches tannins which are chemicals, so no.
I'm not sure what you mean by Natural, CO2 is "natural", so is NO3.
So is K+ etc.........


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At the Home Depot near me, the only peat moss they had had Miracle Grow added to it - you don't want that. Check for additives.

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Look again. Get out of the area with the little bags. The type of peat moss we use is normally sold in 1-3 cubic foot bales.

Once again I ask myself why I don't offer peat moss for sale?
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if you did rex, along with ferts, i would probably purchase from you
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What if you presoak the Peat moss? until the that water turns brown and then rinse. I know it probably wouldn't get all the brown color out.



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Throw some peat moss in your filter. It will naturally lower your pH but it will also turn your water a little brown. Fluval I think sells it in the filter packs. They have two types.

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The brown is actually what lowers the pH and KH.
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The brown is actually what lowers the pH and KH.
I thought the brown was the tannins and that the humic acid lowered pH? Or are they the same thing/related?
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