Originally Posted by andrewsz123
Sounds great thats what I was going to do. In reference to the eco complete I was reading that initially that substrate increases the PH for about 2 weeks until it levels off, is this correct? How long after adding water conditioner does to take for the chlorine to leave, subjust to the water temp can I add the fish back to the tank immediately?
I've read Eco-complete will raise pH marginally at the beginning, but I've not personally used it. I doubt it would be a significant change. When I set up new tanks or re-set existing tanks the pH is initially higher than the existing tank but that has never casused a problem. When I transfer the fish I use a 2g bucket half filled with water from the existing tank, the fish are netted into the bucket (several at a time), the bucket is then filled up with water from the new tank, and after maybe 5 minutes the fish are netted in to the new tank. Some believe this fussing is unnecessary. Many authorities suggest that fish can manage a pH change of up to 1 degree, that is as an example from 6.0 to 7.0, though in my case the change is less, maybe .6 or so. A one-time change is not the same as fluctuating.
Water conditioners work immediately. As long as there are lots of plants, there should be no problems.