Halp! I've fallen into a forum hole! KH+pH+ what the hell do I do= 😆🔫
First let me apologize for starting a new thread. I do not posses an advanced skill set with forums. Please believe I have spent a considerable amount of time on your basic Google search and with this forum as well. I would have posted this on an existing thread if I knew how. My hope is that I find a few (I would be grateful for just one) who has successfully navigated my current set of conditions
I am currently running two nano tanks. First a fluval 6 gallon edge, I replaced the standard factory 21 LED lamp with the 42 LED offered on the larger model, it is modertly(???) planted; Java fern, Anubis, anacharis, 2 Marino moss balls, and a bright green algae that feels like velour to the touch growing on the spider wood in the plant. Standard aqua clear filter: sponge, activated carbon, ceramic bio media. I have recently also added Seachem Purigen
On this tank I use Seachem Prime, for water changes, flourish once a week, and flourish excel daily.
The second, 5 gallon Fluval chi is lightly planted with 3 moss balls and hair grass. I don't use any of the flourish in this tank
Of course like the addicts you all are so too have I become! I want more!!! I need more! Bigger, brighter, more dense until I'm on a special hybrid episode of tanked and hoarders. So I've purchased the
-12 gallon edge (to the more experienced reader: try to refrain here from raging on about these tanks. Your critique is most likely well founded and just but they're beautiful archeticually designed tanks and that is something we should all be pushing for!)
-Seachem fluorite 15 pound black sand substrate
-GLA mini Co2 regulator with selnoid, check valve, and bubble counter (FIRST ATTEMPT EVER WITH Co2)
-Rhinox glass diffuser
None of it is set up yet as I'm waiting to hear back from an aquascaping service.
If you're still reading this, God bless you, my current concern is my water parameters. Ive recently moved to Northwest Florida and now live with the worst water quality in the country (no seriously, we're rated the worst) and don't know how to proceed with the new tank set up.
My water parameters straight out of the tap are:
Same water "aged" (declorinated and sitting in water change bucket with no aeration) for 48hrs and the pH is 7.5-7.8
The Fluval 6 gallon edge readings are:
pH 7.0-7.2 (due to driftwood???)
Fluval 5 gallon Chi:
pH: 6.6-6.8 ( it is in final stage of cycle and have been managing pH shifts with daily water changes)
Sooooo finally(!) I ask this: concerning the new 12 gallon edge with Co2 (remember it's my first venture into pumped in Co2) do I go down the road of the acid this and buffer that or do I just give it a shot with what I've been doing and see how it all turns out???