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post #11 of (permalink) Old 03-30-2015, 07:01 AM Thread Starter
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Well I expected the driftwood to lower my PH and it has. But I wasn't worried that the GH went up to 5. Should I be? I was more worried that the KH went from 4 to 2.
Am I understanding that Epsom Salts will increase the GH? If so do I need it higher than 5?
Is there something that I should dose to increase the KH? If I need to work on these parameters that's fine I just need to know what and how much to dose.
Now I'm worried about introducing new fish to these values. I just added 3 Panda Cories to my 10 gal the other day. They seem fine.
I don't have any plans for soft water fish per se. I haven't really gotten around to thinking about what I want to stock in the new tank. Maybe a pair of Rainbows? I like the live bearers too. But for now I need to get the tank set up and learn how to operate all the new equipment (canister filter and in-line heater). I'm not willing to sacrifice fish lives while I figure this out. That is why I was thinking of waiting to cycle the tank for fish.

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