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  1. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Good morning all. I have a 5 gallon quarantine tank set up for some Otos i plan to purchase tomorrow. Tank is cycled, has just a sponge filter and thin layer of sand as substrate. I added a couple small plants few days ago since I am getting Otos and it has a few decorations for algae growth...
  2. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Working off what Randyl had posted and other posts on the internet, I needed a cheap way to lower my pH until I can figure out a RO system and not be lugging jugs of water up 3 flights of stairs all the time. My tap water has jumped up from 7.2 to 8.2 in the past few months and it's not making...
  3. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I'm known as the freshwater nerd on the local reef club forum, so I had someone ask me this: His friend has a planted tank with co2, and he can't get his ph lower than 7.4. He'd like to lower it a little bit for his Cardinals. He's done water changes with ro water. I assume he's made...
  4. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I know I can lower the ph with Dry Almond Leaves or with Peat. But both of these make the water a bit brownish color. Is there another way of lowering the PH? I"m going to start keeping Crystal Red Shrimp. They are known to like water that is more neutral. I think my Ph is a bit higher. I'll...
  5. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I am in a high school ap chemistry class learning about acid-base reactions. I am wondering whether or not I can use H3PO4 (phosphuric acid) to lower such parameters as kh, gh, pH or even TDS because when H3PO4 disassociates into H+ and PO4-; Ca+ and Mg- should react with the aqueous phosphate...
  6. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello all. The ph in my new 46 gallon tank is 7.6 After looking at the ph/kh/co2 chart, it looks like I will need to lower my ph if I want Co2 to stay suspended in the water. I have a large piece of malaysian driftwood on the way. How much can I expect this to lower my ph? The other thing is I...
  7. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    OK PLEASE DONT FLAME ME WITH USE THE SEARCH. I tried and PH is tooo short of a term to search for and ive spent some time here looking already. I know its a very numb question but i finally bought a master kit for testing water and in my cherry tank the ph is at 8.4 prob not good huh and why...
  8. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    My PH is off my chart 6-7.5. How would I go about lowering it Without using PH down or other chemicals. It houses kribs, loaches, ottos and rasboras.
  9. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    In an effort to give the last few dying leaves of glosso a fighting chance I re-read all the guides and decided to pay attention to the "soft, acidic water" advice. I use RO water from a store so supposedly that's automatically soft right? So I dusted off the old test kit with the annoying...
  10. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello, i just got my Milwaukee SMS122, test the calibration solution. it got reading of PH7.0, then i put it into my fish tank, it said PH 8.1, but what do i need to do make the water to lower PH. right now i don't have co2 put into yet. but i will put co2 by tommorow? or will most plant will...
  11. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    well, as subj. says i seem to remember having read, that spaghnum wasn't good for shrimps.. is this true? It'd make my day a lot easier, if spaghnum didnt affect shrimp. any ideas`? thoughts? on this...
  12. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello Everyone, I just started adding plants to my aquarium and no fish yet. I have a 55 gal with a canister filter and about 3 wpg. I am dosing with flourish and flourish exel. My plants are growing fast. My water parameters are: pH - 7.4 GH - 4 temp 78 ammonia - 0 nitrates, nitites - 0...
  13. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    First off, CO2 injection won't work--I've tried it and there's too much surface agitation in my tank. That said, is there a safe/reliable way to lower the pH of my water? gh and kh are around 4-5. Everything I've read about ph-altering chemicals is bad. Is peat filtration reliable? That is...
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