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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-15-2018, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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The pH in my 55 gal tank is stuck at 7.6. Because I live in Mexico, when I set up the tank I was unable to find any substrate other than pea gravel until I went to the local hardware store and found a 5 pound bag of what looked like pulverized stone painters use here to add texture to walls. After cleaning and sterilizing, I used about an inch of it as the base, then covered with pea gravel and lava rock. A month later I found out the "stone"had a high concentration of lime. (It dissolved with muriatic acid.) I have added wood from the desert and added more lava rock to cover the "stone". My question is: can I reduce the pH without breaking down the entire tank and removing the white stone? Do I need to lower the pH when all the fish look happy?
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Hi Sylvie - welcome to TPT

Don't fight the water ... well in this case the water column that you have created. If your fish a healthy .. and they are not softwater types then you should be OK .. Actually 7.6 is not that bad in SA that is the norm out the tap most days .. the guys that do things like Discus do RO for the rest of us, live what we have.

You might even find some plants still do just fine at that pH ... the biggest thing about pH is to keep it stable - this is way more important. When you rescape your tank next round - always check stone and odd substrate with some acid ... if it bubbles it will probably alter the water chemistry.

Are you planning on adding plants or do you have plants already added ... post a pic always helps to see what is what.

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My tap pH is around that, and everything does fine. If the fish seem to be doing well, I don't see a reason to start messing with it.


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My tank is open on both sides so a little tricky for photos.

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