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Ada Amazonia, buffering capacities and longevity

Hi guys,
I got a planted community tank with Ada Amazonia substrate that is 4 months old, with Co2. I have shrimps and fish in this tank, lava rocks, driftwood, AR mini, Staurogyne R. and a DHG carpet. Everything is going reasonably well for now, but I'm curious and would like to poke your brains about this particular substrate and what to expect in the next few months when its buffering capacities will come to an end.

So like a lot of other substrates, Ada Amazonia is buffering the water and keeps the Ph around 6.8. I have no idea how it technically works; I just know that it works, but for a certain period of time. I'm not gonna ask "how long?" as apparently it depends on different parameters; but how do you realize that your Ada soil is suddenly not buffering anymore? When every living being in the tank is starting to die? Then what happens afterwards? What do you usually do when you can't transfer everything to a new cycled tank?
I'm not using RO water and will never be able to. My tap water is very soft (Kh=1) and its Ph is around 7,5, which is definitely too high for the caridinas. There's is also the CO2 question, which I have on a timer. I'm very confused about all this and would love to have people explaining to me what to expect!
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A very confused newbie.

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