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I'll admit it - i'm a bad person. After having my 25 tall planted tank
for 3 years i finally decided to do a water test ;-}. Everything came
out ok, but the PH is 8. I was worried that it might have been drifting
because i'm not so good at water changes.. but i tested the tap water
and that came out at 8 also. The fish are pretty healthy, the plants do
decently (a little bit of algea on the leaves and every once in a while
i have to get rid of some of the swordplant's leaves because they get
covered). The substrate in the tank is 2 inches of vermiculite covered
by 2 inches of flourite. I add in flourish twice a week (i'm gonna pick
up flourish excel next time i'm at a good fish store) and the fish get
fed automagically every day by the feeder. Lighting is 80w of N.O.
Fluorescent. Water changes are few and far between.
So should i worry about bringing down the PH? And what will be the best
way to do it? I'll probably be up at That Fish Place this weekend
picking up supplies to start up a nano-reef w/ refugium (mmm...
saltwater plants) so i can pick up whatever I need.
On another note - i hear good things about the jobe fern and palm spikes
but I can't seem to find them anywhere in my area (Washington DC). Where
does everybody else pick them up? Or should i add something else? PMDD?
I'm always looking to improve the tank so any suggestions people can
give me would be greatly appreciated.
Nitrate: Need to pick up a kit that measures it
GH: 4 (remembering off the top of my head)
KH: 11 (remembering off the top of my head)
2 Clown Loaches
4 Cherry Barbs
5 Otto Cats
1 Flying Fox (big and mean old guy, i'm thinking of getting rid of him)
2 Silver tip tetras
2 glowlight tetras
1 red serpae tetra
big swords (hmm, a theme?)
couple other random plants.
PS: Some old pics/info on my tank are at:
http://www.angelfire.com/me3/ScottR/fish/tank1.html I really need to
update the page, the tank looks nothing like the picture anymore except
for the sword plants and the clay pot.