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How do I raise ph?

Hey guys. I am trying to rescape my 5.5 gallon betta tank. I need some nore substrate but I already have FLUVAL STRATUM. The package says I can not mix the FLIVAL STRATUM withbother substrates. So, when I went to my lfs the only place in my area that sells FLUVAL STRATUM they only had shrimp stratum that lowers ph. Bettas lime a ph of 5.0 to 8.0 so I do not wabt yhe ph to get too low.
So, how could I raise the ph without chemicals or, if I have to use chemicals, which should I use?
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Whats your ph at the moment? fluval stratum will lower it to around 6.5, which should be completely fine. the only difference in the fluval shrimp/normal type statum is granule size, they still both buffer the ph in the same manner. If you measure the ph and find its to low, you can increase the kh by adding baking soda, which will increase the ph, but you may find the soil will buffer it back after time.


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The pH in a planted tank will very rarely ever be below 5.0 or above 8.0, so I wouldn't bother with the pH. The bettas will acclimate to whatever pH your water is. If you are going to use CO2, and your starting pH is above 6.0 you are unlikely to drop it below 5.0 with CO2, so again, I wouldn't worry about pH.

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The pH in a planted tank will very rarely ever be below 5.0 or above 8.0, so I wouldn't bother with the pH. The bettas will acclimate to whatever pH your water is. If you are going to use CO2, and your starting pH is above 6.0 you are unlikely to drop it below 5.0 with CO2, so again, I wouldn't worry about pH.
A friend of mine is havin this same problem but the other way, he wants to lower ph to 5.0-6.5 for the care of shrimps an he's tried peat the only thing is he hasnt tried amazon soil also due to the shrimp i guess. He has no co2 for obvious reasons an also tried usein RO water any sugestions?

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Hey guys. I am trying to rescape my 5.5 gallon betta tank. I need some nore substrate but I already have FLUVAL STRATUM. The package says I can not mix the FLIVAL STRATUM withbother substrates. So, when I went to my lfs the only place in my area that sells FLUVAL STRATUM they only had shrimp stratum that lowers ph. Bettas lime a ph of 5.0 to 8.0 so I do not wabt yhe ph to get too low.
So, how could I raise the ph without chemicals or, if I have to use chemicals, which should I use?
THANKS!

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Try crushed coral! Put it in a bag an put it in the filter or u can add it right on top the substrate.

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