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Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: La Jolla, CA
Parameters for OEBT? How to raise pH with 100% RO?
I would like to take another shot at raising these after killing a few batches last summer.
Before when I attempted to raise them I had them in Fluval Shrimp Stratum. Although the pH isn't too bad, approx 6.5, I came to realize that FSS is notorious for killing OEBT's for some reason. I used pure RO at the time too, but eventually my OEBT's died one by one.
To start anew, I would like to set up with the following.
20 gallon long - brand new tank
Eheim 2215 - used
Zoomed 501 - used (just for surface aggitation and easy Purigen replacement)
Marineland LED 36" - used
Planning to add 15lbs of Pool filter sand (bottom layer) & 15 lbs of Seachem Fluorite Black Sand (top layer). Both inert substrates with the Fluorite Black Sand a little beneficial for plants like Eco Complete.
My main concern is how do I get pH to 7.0 using 100% RO? It appears a pH of 6.8 - 7.2 is desirable for OEBT's I've read. My 100% RO has a pH of about 6.0. I don't want to have to mix with tap water for bacterial infection prevention. And I see a lot of breeders keep them in kH of 1-2 too. Is that necessary or can I keep it at 0? gH I see is pretty standard like neo's which are between 5-6.
Before when I used Seriyu stones I could easily raise pH, kH and gH, but its not just a slight increase, it would actually be constantly increasing so that isn't an alternative I want to use since I had no success obviously with Seriyu stones before.
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