November 24, 2008
i have started up my tropical tank 4 christmas........but....everything is going wrong my ph is 7.6 and
gh-20 my plants have died lol . i am new to keeping a tropical tank but have experiance with cold water fish.
has any 1 got any tips and effective ways to lower both ph and gh thats not goining to cost a bomb
April 13, 2008
Hi again Kath, welcome to SF /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> , just got here to post the question for you but you beat me lol.
So, yes, what methods of lowering the GH have you guys found best, especially stability wise and natural if possible, dont like chemicals much. The system is going to be a general community system.
Kath, there are many fish profiles in the knowledge base tab at the top of the page, lots of great info there on species /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />
April 30, 2008
June 24, 2008
hi Kath, and welcome to SF.
to kick of with can you give the size of tank, the wattage of your light and how long it's left on. also what substrate are you using and ornaments if any.
to reduce your ph slowy you can use oak leaves or almond leaves as well as peat.
make sure if you use peat that it's got no additives in it, like fungicide.
this will also alter your gh as well.
I know it's not something you've asked, but how will you be cycling the new tank? If you still have a coldwater tank then just before you get the tropical fish give the CW filter media a good squeeze over the new filter to seed it wit the bacteria needed to break down the ammonia the fish produce into nitrIte and then into nitrAte. The dirtier the squeezings the better /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />
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