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Originally Posted by meganlaroo View Post
Initially the carbon/pads in the filter will help, so I would use them. Carbon adsorbs things and will become ineffective as it does, time depending on what it is adsorbing. It will not hinder cycling, in fact it will help the fish. And I don't see how it could affect the pH.
But we still need to tie down the GH and KH. Normally one can get this from the municipal water supply, but with an individual well it is up to you. Rather than trust the store, I would get yourself a liquid API kit for GH and KH. Online they are not expensive, less than $10 I think in the US; may be available in some stores. Make sure it is the liquid, not test strips.
Wood will tend to soften water and lower pH, but the extent will depend upon the initial values. I have lots of wood in my tanks, but the pH doesn't lower because of it, as other things keep it stable. And with fish in the tank, yo do not want to be fiddling with pH when the cycling is causing enough stress.
Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]
Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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