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re: Intro and ?
Thanks for your reply. Your description of adding to my substrate is very
helpful as are your other answers.
I agree that my KH and pH are too high. The KH is as it is right from my
tap. We have a developed spring as a water source. Ph is 7.2 freshly drawn
but jumps to 8 in 24 hours then settles to 7.8 once nitrogen cycle is
complete. I about drove myself nuts trying to lower the pH the first month
I had my tank set up. Finally tested the KH and discovered why I am having
trouble. All the fish and pond people told me not to mess with it anymore
and I've not had any trouble. I use Proper pH7 in my tank which helps keep
it at 7.8. I am concerned that I will have iron absorption problems in a
planted tank if I don't lower the pH. I've found I do have to periodically
dose my potted terrestrial plants with Miracid to keep them from getting
I would like more info/examples/stories of peat filtering or even putting
peat in the substrate.
Some more questions that have come up today:
Has anyone tried using greensand or kelp in the substrate? Both would
supply K and trace minerals.
Can fertilizers like Pondtabs be placed in the substrate?
My plants really greened up yesterday and today with the increased light. I
also turned my filter off during the day.
> Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2001 08:30:24 -0400
> From: "Tom" <tom.markert at verizon_net>
> Subject: Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #1326
> > Ph 7.8
> > KH 11-12 dKH (I get color change at 11 but bright color at 12)
> Your pH and KH are a bit high IMO. I would try peat filtering OR
> getting the
> Aquarium Pharm. "Tap Water Filter" which will do well for a 10
> gallon! I use
> the TWF on my 55 gal, my 30 gal, and my 10 gal nursery/hospital
> with awesome
> results in plants and fish.