Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
Also, I think almost ALL hobbyists don't need to mess with their pH. Unless it is on the extreme ends, you are better not adjusting unless you are very experienced.
I am a beginner too, and from what I know, keeping pH stable much more important than finding an "ideal" pH. More often than not, you will end up with fluctuating pH as you try to fiddle it. Bad for fish, bad for plants, bad for your time and efforts.
pH is just one factor out of many that affects fish and plants. It's easier to find fish that are naturally suited for your local water (unless you are doing RO). You will be happier and the fish will be happier.
pH is on a logarithmic scale, pH of 6 is ten times more acidic than ph of 7. Peat not only changes the pH. The mechanics of peat filtration is incredibly complex. pH reduction is just one of its effects. Also, the colour of water from peat is not a good measure of its effect. A tea-coloured tank does not mean the peat is effective.