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I am about ready to setup my 60 g tank. This will be a community tank.

1. What color would be appropriate for the background? Black or Blue?

2. My water ph is about 7.8, Would crush coral as a thin first layer keep the ph level lower naturally?

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1) you could have a purple polka-dotted background if you wanted, but most people use black.

2) Most people stay away from crushed coral, it throws your water parameters all out of whack... There are other ways to lower pH.
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A dusting of peat moss (non-fertilizer only) under your substrate would help but 7.8 isn't bad any community fish your going to want will adapt to that without any problems.

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Crushed coral tends to *raise* the pH, not lower it. Use peat to lower and buffer your pH. You can also put peat in your filter as opposed to the substrate.

OR, you could start injecting CO2. That will lower the pH "naturally" as well.
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Thanks guys. I will stay away from polka dots....
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