Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Michigan, United States
mixing water for ideal parameters
Hi, fish mix:
cichlid - cockatoo 5 to 19 dGH
tetra (blue or green fire) up to 15 dGH
cory (schwarts or emerald green) 8 to 10dGH
otto 6 to 15 dGH
angels (koi or marble veil) 5 to 12 dGH
Here is what I can find, but part of the issue is that info is inconsistent. I understand many fish are typically captive bred and more adaptable, but don't know which parameters I should aim for. Diana, you were helpful in past and said I should match GH to my fish, keep KH steady and not worry much about pH.
I read that KH should be 2 to 4 in order to buffer my high pH (8.4) and use peat, wood, and SC acid buffer.
So....which is a better starting point/easier to maintain: a mix with RO:
1. my chloramine filtered water at 6 dGH, 2-3 dKH, 7.4 pH or
2. tap 8 dGH, 5 dKH, 8.4 pH
It's hard to lower pH so maybe the filtered water is better and raise dKH with SC Replenish as needed to get my mix and use this for the first fill (75g) and top offs?
Sorry for so many questions, but I am hoping to get this off to as best a start as I can. It seems I think I get it and then read something else and get confused again!