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Changing Substrate in Cycled Aquarium
Old 09-22-2010, 11:41 AM   #11
 
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For some reason I was thinking your gravel was too big rather than it being blue..

Actually in response to sincrisis, if you water is high-ph and hard, the ph probably won't change at all... Soft water would me bore likely to have a large ph spike...
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Old 09-22-2010, 12:31 PM   #12
 
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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.
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Old 09-22-2010, 02:55 PM   #13
 
my water is super soft due to a softener system, my ph, is 7.6 out of the tap and was 7.8 when i first had eco-complete for about a month with steady 15% water changed each week. Then it settled down and I added driftwood so now my tanks at around 7.3-7.4.
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