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    Question on water

    Hey guys, so right now my water is pretty soft *4 degrees KH, with a GH/KH ppm between 53.7 and 71.6*. However, my pH is quite high, coming in between 7.6 and 7.8. I'm planning on raising tigers and CBS in my 10 gallon, and I know that they prefer a more neutral/acidic environment rather than alkaline. Since my water is soft already, should I just wait for my shrimp soil to kick in and lower the pH? I'm using a mix of Mr. Aqua shrimp soil and fluval shrimp stratum. Thanks!

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    Ro water helps too! I would wait till ur soil kicks in first.
    I'm using pure fluval ebi soil in my 10g and have 7.0 ph with to water.

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    Make sure filter/circulation is on so it will blend the water chemistry

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    Yea, I have good water flow in both my shrimp tanks. I'm thinking of adding peat moss to help lower the pH. Lowes has a brand, called Premier sphagnum peat moss that some people recommended online on other forums. I was planning on putting a small amount into bags and letting water flow through it.

    How long did it take for your soil to kick in dopey?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zer0ex View Post
    Yea, I have good water flow in both my shrimp tanks. I'm thinking of adding peat moss to help lower the pH. Lowes has a brand, called Premier sphagnum peat moss that some people recommended online on other forums. I was planning on putting a small amount into bags and letting water flow through it.

    How long did it take for your soil to kick in dopey?

    3-4 days

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    Hmm. I set up my tank a few days ago, and it still hasn't really buffered the pH down. You're using the fluval plant stratum in one of your tanks, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zer0ex View Post
    Hmm. I set up my tank a few days ago, and it still hasn't really buffered the pH down. You're using the fluval plant stratum in one of your tanks, right?

    Yup... It went down from 8.0 to 7.0 lol. But I also switched out my tap for RO water.. Which dropped my gh too quick, which resulted in some dead shrimps

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    Oh man. I'm thinking of doing a water change, but only 1-2 gallons for my 12 gallon and slowly transitioning to RO.

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    Don't forget to add minerals to your RO water! Unless your mixing RO with tap..

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    Yea I'm using the fluval shrimp mineral additive. But I didn't add that much *took out 2, maybe 3 gallons, added in same amount of RO/DI water with 5 mL of the fluval shrimp mineral* because that tank was from pure tap water, and has 9 degrees hardness and close to 161 ppm of gH.

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    I also did add some peat moss to my filter, but not that much. Should I take it out or keep it in?

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