10-15-2009, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by SophieThomas
Exactly, lol. I was thinking gallons and wrote litres
Sounds like my tank is okay then, eh? This will be alot less worrisome the second time around
Yes, I think you're on track with what you're ding.
Just noticed you're in Abbotsford; I'm actually in Pitt Meadows [use Vancouver here cause no one would know where PM is
]. Point here is twofold. First, your water will be very soft like mine, KH and GH 0 or 1 at most. So that is the explanation of your lowering pH. As the tank matures, this will continue and I recommend putting a small quantity of dolomite gravel, crushed coral or marble chips in a nylon bag in the filter to add calcium (minimal) and buffer the water a bit. The ph will remain above 6 which is fine for your fish species, and like me, weekly partial water changes of even 50% won't be a problem.
Second thing, if you ever want some free plants, let me know with a PM. I throw them out if I can't find anyone who might want them. I regularly have pygmy chain swords [both species, Echinodorus tenellus and E. quadricostatus], Brazilian Pennywort (a stem plant that grows extremely well in our water and with minimal light, contrary to many stem plants), floating water sprite (Ceratopteris) and Wisteria (Hygrophyla difformis) another stem plant that would be great in your Asian-fish Zebra danio tank.