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How do I make my soil acidic while keeping it clean?

I nEed a clean way to make my soil acidic, not super acidic just a little, leaning towards using Thrace pro league so I need something that would either stay put or not cloud my water

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Btw I need as much info and a source by Monday lol that's when my 60g cube comes


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A sprinkling of peat moss will help acidify your substrate.


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But it is also messy unless I find it in whole form which I can only find ground or granules


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Buy some panties hose, put the peat moss in there and tie.
Place the thing anywhere you want.

Any hardwood leaves will also lower ph.
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If I were you, I'd take a wide piece of PVC or similar tubing, carefully shove it into the substrate (do this in several places), and pour whatever you're going to insert to acidify into the tubing, and then carefully pull it out/cover it back up. I've never done this but that's how I would if I were to do so.

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I'm going to be placing the peat before the substrate is in and then some osmocote+ and then the turface


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You can get some of that window screen stuff and put a layer of that over the peat. It will help hold it down whenever you uproot. It won't really be much of a help if you have heavy root feeders like crypts and swords. Their roots will eventually get tangled into the screening.


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Staying away from both of those, mostly stems going in this tank, more worried about loaches and breeding plecos moving the substrate around. Any pics of turface in a scaled tank?


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Why not buy some substrate that tends to help buffer the water acidic, then put your cap on it. ADA aqua soil, Up Aqua Shrimp Sand Fluval Shrimp Stratum. Benibachi black, and others like those.

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Good point however since I have no time to cycle completely I can't add ammonia luckily my bioload is tiny for a 60g so the old bio media in the new filter might handle the fish but idk.


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Aqua soil!


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man too bad akadama is not available anymore...


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Turface removes the KH from the water, allowing the pH in the water to drop significantly.

A little dusting of peat moss on the bottom of the tank may help acidify the substrate.
Any sort of organic matter can do this. Oak leaves, for example. Do not overdo this, just a little bit, well scattered. If you use peat moss, for example, you would still be able to see the glass between the peat moss dust.
If you want a less dusty peat moss there are pelleted peat moss in aquarium stores. The idea is to add these to the filter, but there is no reason you could not use this in the substrate, if you want. A small amount of peat moss, under the other substrate is not messy compared to using a lot of peat moss. I have used peat moss + Soil Master Select (about 50/50) for carnivorous plants. That got really messy whenever the water was disturbed.
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"Turface removes the KH from the water" only in the begining as it absorbs most anything in the water. Once it has fully absorbed after the first week it has no effect on the water. That is why everyone says Akadama DRL. Turface is a inert substrate with no buffering abillity outside the intial first week. Peat is still a temporary fix. You are going to need a substarte that will last on buffering ( Well most last 1.5-3 years depending on how much you play with it).

There is no real way to cheat it if you want your water to stay clean looking

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