Problem is ADA aquasoil drops the kH along with the pH of the water. Using a pH monitor is almost impossible to do. You would have to monitor your kH and adjust your monitor accordingly.Take a sample of your water and let it sit out overnight to completely outgas. Test the sample and see what your pH is.
Drop your pH by 1 using the ph monitor.
This should get your pH level right around 30 ppm which is good for vigorous plant growth providing you are dosing fert and have enough light.
You can double check the pH monitor with the drop checker or vice versa
hmm thanks do i need to rinse the amazon ADA soild before putting into the tank and can i mix it with regular sand . i starting up a discus tank and an asian tank. my setup consists of UV, wet dry or sump. trying to stay away frm canisters what do u thinkDrop the pH controller and use the soil. You do not need the pH controller.
so canisters should be better like ehiems?? any suggestions on also how to run co2 i appreciate it as i am learnin a lot from u thanks. the reason on wetdry is i thought it would be easier to clean and maintain.Do not mix with sand. Why are you going to use a wet dry or sump? You will loose a lot of co2 with that setup.