Ph down and Pearling leaves
Subject: Ph down chemicals?
> For the last few weeks, my new tank has been very steady at the
> Before lights are on: Ph: 7.0, KH: 6-7, CO2: 18-21 milligrams/
> After lights are on (for 4-6 hours) Ph 7.2-7.5, KH 6-7, CO2: 10-
> >From what I have learned, read and seen, a little lower Ph and
> more ideal. Like around a 6.8 Ph and a KH of 2-4; I am using DYI
> cannot inject anymore CO2 than what is being produced by the org
> and so was wondering about using a Ph/KH down acidic product (su
> Tetra) to slowly (over at least a week or two) lower these level
> tank water, and to lower my tap water for water changes as well
> 7.5).... The main chemicals I believe are hydrochloric acid and
> acid in these products...?
I have yet to see an instance where using pH adjusting chemicals
did _anything_ positive for the tank. As it is, your pH/KH are
fine for a HUGE variety of plants. If you really feel the need to
lower your KH, do it properly with RO/DI or distilled water. But
remember that very soft water can be just as limiting as water
that is a little harder. You will _still_ find that some plants
don't do well in your tank... It will just be a different group of
Subject: Pearling leaves...?
> > On June 22, Rene said:
> > >The real pearling effect is only seen from wounds on the
> > >leaves and usually from just one leaf on a particular plant.
Todd March wrote:
> > I have been witnessing this as well--with crypts and anubias m
> > steady stream of micro fine bubbles from cuts and abrasions on
> > Any explanations?
> From crypts and anubias? Really? I didn't think they
> photosynthesize fast enough. I know that all of my echinodorus a
> hygrophila plants do, but I never heard of those genera doing t
Crypts and Anubias "pearl" regularly under good conditions.
Crypts most often from points of leaf damage, Anubias most often
from the flowers.
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