08-16-2012, 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by RedRaider15
My tap water is hard and has a ph of 8.0, I also have African Cichlid sand in my aquarium in order to get the right ph for the fish that I have. I would like to have some driftwood in with the fish, but it lowers the ph to some extent. Do I have enough buffer material in the aquarium to ensure that the driftwood will not lower the ph very much?
Yes. You don't mention the KH (carbonate hardness or Alkalinity) of the tap water, and this is what buffers pH, but if the pH is 8 and the tap water is hard, it likely has a high KH too. Though not necessarily. And then as well the sand you have should contain hard minerals and buffering. So some wood isnot going to have much if any impact. The tannins released by wood meant for the aquarium are few to begin with.