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Lowering ph

What's the best way to lower ph in a 20g tank with lava beach sand and mosses ferns and anubias? I really don't want co2.


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pH is not a stand alone value.
The minerals and salts in the water are controlling the pH.
Most often the KH is fairly high, and this keeps the pH high. Not always, I have seen posts about some really odd water!

Anyway, test the GH, KH and pH in the tank and post back, and test the tap water pH, GH and KH right out of the tap, then repeat the pH test on some water that has sat out 24-48 hours.

Why do you want a lower pH?

If it is for certain fish, go by the GH, not the pH.
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I'm concidering breeding wine red shrimp


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Peat filtering is a natural way to go about lowering PH and softening your water.


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I'm concidering breeding wine red shrimp
For wine reds you're best with an active substrate, RO water, UGF filtration, etc. TB's in general are still new and require somewhat picky water. I wouldn't try and breed them in tap water.

20g platy, , 2 x 10g shrimp, 3 x 20g shrimp, 7.5g shrimp and 1 great dane/mastiff puppy.

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