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Old 05-11-2011, 11:57 AM   #1
 
CaribSeaŽ Aragamax Select Aragonite

Was thinking of using this in my 55gl aquarium..would have Neons, Lamp heads, Vamp Pleco,Ruby shrimp...I am currently adding a ph balancer weekly to maintain 7.2 to 7.4...also have some South American wood and live plants..
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Old 05-11-2011, 02:46 PM   #2
 
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I would not use PH balancers,... They are built to be temporary, so you have to keep buying them.

Never heard of ruby shrimp, but most of the fish you mentioned actually love soft acidic water.
Why are you trying to keep it at 7.2+?
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Old 05-11-2011, 04:52 PM   #3
 
the sand has crushed coral in it if im not mistaken, it'll shoot your ph sky high and make your water liquid rock.
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:04 PM   #4
 
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Thats what he wants- to raise his ph...

Dolomite would work better though... I'm not sure you even need to raise your ph though.
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:36 PM   #5
 
Well in the 36gl tank I am currently maintaining the ph is low. Prob from the wood and plants. Tetra's like at least 7 . I like the idea of using the CaribSeaŽ Aragamax Select Aragonite because it helps maintain a higher ph or so in theory. until I get a good water test kit (tomorrow) I am the the mercy of one of those 3mo ones that stay in your tank and seem to never change. Also this stuff was only like $20 for 30 lb. I prefer a very fine sand over anything else and have not lost a fish in forever (knock on wood). I can honestly say it was easier being a novice cause now I am a little paranoid about everything I am doing.
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:46 PM   #6
 
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This is going in the wrong direction, and the fish will be the losers.

First, where did you read that Tetra prefer a pH of 7? Nothing could be further from reality. No fish needs a neutral pH, it is completely un-natural since all natural waters are either acidic or basic/alkaline according to the substances they flow over/through/in etc. And tetra from South America mainly live in very soft and acidic to slightly acidic water. A very few species live in very soft and slightly basic water. But whichever, the hardness factor is equally important.


I would absolutely not use calcareous sand or gravel for the substrate. This will raise the hardness (and corresponding pH) far too high when it is not necessary.

It is always safer (and less expensive) to use what comes out of the tap if this is at all possible. Some minor adjustment can be made, with natural means, depending upon the fish species. As you are in the Pacific NW your tap water is probably soft. The pH may vary according to the source and what if anything the water supply folks put in it. If you could give me your tap water hardness and pH I can offer further advice as to what if anything is necessary.

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Old 05-12-2011, 07:44 PM   #7
 
Agreed. I don't know were I got the Neon info on high ph. After testing the water with the CaribSeaŽ Aragamax Select Aragonite I am beyond mad at my self for buying it, and now 3 weeks of cycle for not. I am going to get some more of the sand that I currently have since my water is next to perfect with it.
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