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I Been experiencing high PH levels with my new setup I have running, a 60 gallon aquarium.
Right now I just went thru the nitrogen cycle and it's been hevely planted also I have a meadium size driftwood and 4 kattapa almond leafs. The substrate is 2 in of organic soil and 1.5 in of pool filter sand. I been concerned if the PFS has something to do with the high ph???
 

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The PFS should just be Qtz. But to check to see if it has a CA matrix place a little acid in a dry sample of the sand. If it reacts it has some lime stone in the matrix and is the possible cause. Do you have any rocks. What is your source water pH?

Have a gniess day. -Scott
 

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That's some good advice i just did a ph on my water source and it's high around 8.0 I guess the main cause it's because I live in an area that has lots of natural limestone
 

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Yup! Limestone =High PH and hard water. Some find that a drag but on the other hand with all that limestone to buffer your water, you can throw most any wood in and the PH will not even flinch! But if you are looking at growing/breeding some soft water fish, you might want to reconsider. I never find fighting that battle to be my game. Nature has a way of outlasting my best efforts.
 

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I guess I know the cause now for my high ph. I'm fairly new to this hobby but I'm really exited about how I learn new things every day about aquariums.
 

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Well, on the upside, probably most of the stores in your area also have hard water, including fish that are acclimated to it.
 
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