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post #11 of 13 Old 09-29-2013, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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I think the gravel is quartz? its from the place where i got the tank but its the painted stuff.
Yep only plastic ornaments, and airbubble strip and the filter going and 3 live plants, two fish thats it.

the tap water is def 7.0 yet with the stones in is 7.4 - 7.8.

Im off to the aquarium tomorrow for them to test the water and to check my test kit so I will ask their advice to.

Didnt reliase I needed to be a scientists to run an aquarium hahaha!
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post #12 of 13 Old 10-02-2013, 05:59 AM Thread Starter
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So the aquarium store doesnt think my stones are changing my pH that much as my sample of tap water with stones had alot of stones and small amount of water and if it was that, the pH of the sample would be way off after letting it sit for 24hrs: it was like tap water 7.0, tap w stones 7.4.

He thinks it's just new tank syndrome and to let my tank sit for another week but thought it was weird that there is no ammonia, nitrite or nitrates detected at all!
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Running an airstone can raise your pH by outgassing CO2 and inserting 02 into your water. You can lower it naturally with driftwood and/or Indian Almond Leaves (or Oak leaves or other tannin source). Do not use chemicals.

Having ~8.0 pH is not bad. At least your tank will be easy to cycle. Research high-pH fish and stock accordingly.
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