>> Some plants, in the absence of enough free carbon dioxide in the
>> water, are capable of removing dissolved carbonates from the water to
>> provide their carbon needs. Others can't. This may also explain your
>> poor plant performance. This is measurable as a drop in your KH.
>The term used in _The_Optimum_Aquarium_ and a few other resources is
>"biogenic decalcification" and causes the pH to go UP not down.
I looked in The Optimum Aquarium yesterday evening to freshen up my knowledge
after reading this post. I didn't see anything that said the pH specifically
goes either way, just that the KH drops to near nothing, making your tank
susceptible to rapid pH swings.
I can see situations based on this where the pH could either rise or fall,
depending on other ions in the water.
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