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post #41 of 44 Old 11-10-2012, 01:19 PM
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Is there anything I should do for driftwood that I would put in the tank? Do I need to worry about tannins and it raising pH? Or should the water be buffered enough? This is for the livebearer tanks.
Wood, peat, leaves etc release tannins which tends to acidify the water and lower pH. However, the amount of wood plus the GH and KH of the water will play into this so it is again variable. If you have a calcareous substrate (the coral/aragonite sand mix) a few bits of wood will have no impact.

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Okie dokie. While I put the new substrate and change out the water in the main ten gallon, would it be a good idea to move the fish to the fry tank? The fry tank is ten gallons and only has 4 little platy fry in it big enough to not be eaten. I would move the HOB filter from the main tank to the fry tank temporarily as well. And once the main tank is set up with new water, substrate, and plants, I'll aclimate the fish back into the tank like I would if I just bought them from the LFS. Sound good?
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Okie dokie. While I put the new substrate and change out the water in the main ten gallon, would it be a good idea to move the fish to the fry tank? The fry tank is ten gallons and only has 4 little platy fry in it big enough to not be eaten. I would move the HOB filter from the main tank to the fry tank temporarily as well. And once the main tank is set up with new water, substrate, and plants, I'll aclimate the fish back into the tank like I would if I just bought them from the LFS. Sound good?
Yes. I always remove all fish to a temporary tank when I do major work like removing the substrate.

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What if I were to ship fish in the soft water? Because there are very minimal buffering qualities, should I worry about a pH crash in transit? Considering that the CO2 levels would rise quite a bit.
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