ph at 8.0 someone high nitrates.
Im running a bio cube 29 gal, currently its a freshwater setup. i have a few plants and 3 plattys with one yoto loatch. Its a new tank, its been up for a month and a half now. My ph levels have always been on the high side, my tap waters ph runs in the 7.6.
I have two pieces of drift wood that iv been saoking and i hope they will help lower my ph, I wanna keep shrimp and other fish but before I decide to add any more fish I want to try and lower the ph leves a little less.
This past sunday, i did a water check, ph was probably at 8.2 amonia was at the first bar, no nitrites, and nitrates were close to 40ppm.
I did a 30% water change and today this morning i checked my water again. readings were ph 8.0 no amonia, no nitrites, and nitrates were around 20-30. On the nitrate side I wondering about adding a couple of plants on the rear side of the tank, maybe a couple of large anubias plants to try and get my nitrates lower.
I dont want to add any type of chemicals. tips, thoughts appreciated