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Ideal water parameters for dwarf baby tears

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What would be the best water parameters for draft baby tears?

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I currently have a ph of 7.6. How can I naturally lower it? Peat in the filter? I have a diy co2 setup right now running 24/7 (no fish, new tank)

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pH is not a stand alone value. The minerals and other things in the water control the pH.
To control the pH, you want to control the minerals and other things.

The most common buffer in most aquariums is carbonate (and bicarbonate) tested as KH.
When the KH is high the pH tends to be high, and difficult to adjust.
When the KH is low the pH will be controlled by other things, such as CO2 and peat moss.

What is the KH? If it is over about 3-5 German degrees of hardness then it will be difficult to get the pH much lower without it bouncing back up. You might want to blend your water with reverse osmosis water so the KH comes down. Then your CO2 might be enough all by itself or you can try peat moss.

Plants and fish are not too picky about the pH.
The more important values for most plants and for fish are the mineral levels.
Fish thrive best in the right GH.
Plants need the minerals that we test as GH and can use the carbonates as a source of carbon. Not all plants can do this. I do not know if dwarf baby tears can do this. There are some very specialized plants that do not like much calcium in the water. They are pretty specific that they need soft, acidic water. Most aquarium plants are not very picky, though.
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I am going to try putting a bag of peat in the filter. Where should i locate it within the media? on top (last bag of media)?
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So I just tested my gh and kh. My gh is at 13 degrees and kh is at 9 degrees! Holy.

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