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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-28-2020, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Seiryu Stones Question/Advice

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Have an established 120g hi-tech well planted tank with 7 adult discus, few tetras, algae eaters, loaches and few hundred red cherry shrimp.
I do CO2, root tabs and flourish excel. Substrate is ADA Aqua.

Tank has about 20 lbs of Seiryu stone which I put in about 18 months back. Planning on adding another 20 lbs of seiryu stone. These were untreated per the store owner.

Question: Is it a good idea to add Seiryu stone in an established stable tank? Read that it'll mess with the parameters.
Is it worth adding and messing with an established tank?

If Seiryu is not worth the issues what other stones are best that do not change the tank parameters?

Thanks in advance.
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Seiryu stone is limestone. The aquarium hobby attaches names to stone based on how it looks but at the end of the day its just limestone. It will react to aquarium water and increase your KH. However, if you are doing frequent large water changes this won't impact much of anything. If you like to go a few months between your water changes then you may wish to rethink using it.

You mentioned you have Discus in this tank, which implies you are already doing a lot of water changes. So long as that's true you are probably fine. However, if you notice your fish starting to suffer and your plants starting to die then you have a good idea of the culprit and can pull out the stone and redo it.

As to alternatives... well depends on your source and what you like. Of the easily recognizable stones in the hobby, dragon stone doesn't alter parameters but it will clash aesthetically with your existing seiryu stone so you will probably won't to go with just one type of stone no matter what you decide. Lava rock is another and is usually pretty cheap, can even find smaller pieces at hardware stores. What I would do in your place is go to local landscape stores (you know when we are allowed out of the house again) and buy from what they have in stock. Bring a small jar of vinegar with you that you can dribble on any stones you are considering. If it makes tiny bubbles then its reactive in the aquarium. Other option is to pick up rocks from the wild if you know someone with property that has rocks on it and doesn't mind you carting off a few hundred pounds of stone.
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