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Has anybody have any problem with AS Amazonia 2? I have been having problem with my tank's PH dropping to below 5.5, not sure how far it's going to drop, cause I always change the water before it goes down any further..

It was stable the first few weeks, now it always goes down below the set PH on my PH monitor. I have a pressurized CO2 that has the PH controller, now the CO2 doesn't even turn on, unless I change water or put crushed coral on the filter, which puts the PH back to 7.4 and shuts off at 6.5.. From there the PH keeps going down for the last 4 days now and I have to change water again or turn on the other filter with the crushed coral to raise the PH again.

Should I change substrate? Has anyone experienced this?

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have you tested your KH?
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hmm...I asked the same question on your other thread, so you can ignore it. Just now realized both threads were yours! Just let the pH drop, see how low it goes...your plants will be fine - I run my pH at 5.61 all the time and have no problems; I also have a low GH and KH and have yet to see my pH "crash." Leave it alone - do your normal water changes and whatnot, and things will eventually even out. Your plants will most likely appreciate the plower pH anyway, and pH swings of this nature aren't going to have any negative effects on your plants.


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By having a lower PH though is my CO2 won't turn on, unless I set it to a lower PH than what I have now, which is 5.6 right now. If I set the PH controller any lower than 5.6 that means my PH is gonna go down more..
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why don't you just put your CO2 on a timer for the time being and wait for your pH levels to even out?
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Has anybody have any problem with AS Amazonia 2? I have been having problem with my tank's PH dropping to below 5.5, not sure how far it's going to drop, cause I always change the water before it goes down any further..

It was stable the first few weeks, now it always goes down below the set PH on my PH monitor. I have a pressurized CO2 that has the PH controller, now the CO2 doesn't even turn on, unless I change water or put crushed coral on the filter, which puts the PH back to 7.4 and shuts off at 6.5.. From there the PH keeps going down for the last 4 days now and I have to change water again or turn on the other filter with the crushed coral to raise the PH again.

Should I change substrate? Has anyone experienced this?

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2 months ago, I helped my brother-in-law to set up his first heavy planted tank and we have used the ASII without any problem. PH maintains at 6.5 and WC once a week around 60-70%.

What is the PH of your tap water?
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Ahhh...the many joys of aquasoil...

It is great substrate, but it's dirt with a learning curve - you've got to outsmart the dirt....
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2 months ago, I helped my brother-in-law to set up his first heavy planted tank and we have used the ASII without any problem. PH maintains at 6.5 and WC once a week around 60-70%.

What is the PH of your tap water?

PH out of tap water is 8.2
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Is that after sitting for 24 hours?
Is the PH of 8.2 after sitting for 24 hours?
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Yes, letting the tap water "degas" for a day lets the pH correct itself. Your tap water often contains CO2, which would lower the base pH readings.


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Well, I have no idea what happen, but for some reason, now it's pretty much stable.
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the mysterious life of aquasoil...I knew it would even out eventually - it's just a matter of when!
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the mysterious life of aquasoil...I knew it would even out eventually - it's just a matter of when!
I guess it's all ok now.
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