As many know, i just took on 5 wild caught blue rams.
Turns out the guys pH was identical to mine, which eased my mind on that. I did drip them over slowly, as i do with all fish. They are living fine in my tank so far. However, i am one of those people that want to replicate their natural conditions as close as possible. Seeing as my water is at 7.4 - 7.6 i would ideally like to get it in the 5.5-6.5 range. Most likely closer to 6.0.
I know the options consist of driftwood, peat moss, and RO. Driftwood seems to be a slower process and sort of hit or miss. Some pieces make no difference in pH, some make a huge difference. I really don't want to take that risk if i don't have to. I also don't want to have to keep adding more and more wood until i hit the desired pH. Since, generally, each piece makes minimal difference i don't want to end up with a stock pile of wood just to get to my pH. Plus after a certain point the tannins run out causing the pH to rise again, which is not good. The peat is generally the same reasons. Although it is a quicker method i still don't necessarily like the idea of having to watch it 24/7 anticipating it to go back up. Plus i'm not huge on my water looking like tea. RO seems to be the best bet, and actually half way affordable.
Are there any brands to avoid, or aim to get?
I have heard some say that if you add RO to tap water it will neutralize and adapt to the pH of the tap water. Is this true? Since i have a tank full of tap water will it be pointless? Do i have to strip it down bare, refill it, then acclimate the fish again? Of course, i know i will have to replenish the minerals in the water.
Has anyone heard of Seachem Equilibrium? Good? Bad? Anything else to look for?
Thanks a lot.