08-14-2013, 07:20 PM
| || | Aquarium Not So Hot After Move
I started my 29 gal tank in October of 2011. I allowed it to become a viable ecosystem before putting any fish in. I started off with plants because I knew it would make for a better tank. I have Amazon swords. They were really a beautiful feature of my tank. But then I had to move. Now, my plants aren't in great shape. All the large leaves died. I thought maybe this was due to shock from moving and that the leaves would grow back. The only problem is, the fresh new leaves are starting to show signs of being ill. I fertilize them with API's Root Tabs once a month.
Recently I noticed the health of my fish starting to decline. All 32 of my fish survived the move. But lately I've noticed a few issues. So I tested my water with the API liquid water test kit. All the tests came back with no negative results except the pH test. My water pH is about 7.8. My tank has a collection of neon tetras, harlequin rasboras, oto catfish, cory catfish, and zebra danios. I know that most of them prefer more acidic water, and 7.8 is a little high for the plants.
So, after all that long story, my question is this: What can I do to reduce the pH in my tank? Am I stuck with what comes out of the tap? Do I have the wrong plants and fish for the water I have?
Thanks to everyone who responds in advance. I appreciate it!!